Fraser Institute Communications Director Dean Pelkey must do a lot of internet surfing to find my tiny little blog. But he did earlier today and quickly trashed my earlier post about the Institute’s recycled op-ed in the Sun. He has time for little old me? Wow.
Later in the day the Institute dumped out a quick and dirty “study” claiming the HST was the best thing for the average person since sliced white bread – which also ain’t so great if you read the nutrition stuff on the back of the unsustainable package.
The Fraser Institute somehow figures that a revenue neutral $2 billion tax shift from business to consumers plus about $400 or so million in tax breaks adds up to big benefits for most British Columbians. On the math alone that can’t be true.
But Stats Can to the rescue. This afternoon the Times Colonist released a Stats Can study that concludes the HST, with the breaks all in, will cost the average family about $500 a year – just what the math would suggest if its revenue neutral to the government.
Let’s see… the Fraser Institute or Statistics Canada? Who do you trust to tell you the unbiased truth about the HST?