This pivot is interesting, in the way a pivot performed by a drunken ballerina is interesting. Got this fundraising pitch about an hour after her official HST response.
Somehow I don’t think it’s going to be this easy to ditch the HST.
Message from Premier Christy Clark on HST Referendum
I think we all owe a special debt of gratitude to Kevin Falcon, our Minister of Finance. Kevin worked tirelessly to consult with the public to make the case for the improved HST — we would not have come as close as we did without his smarts, energy and leadership.
As I just informed the media, we are returning to the PST with the exemptions that existed prior to the introduction of the HST. That is what people voted for and that is what will happen. We will also take other measures to help job creators and to make sure our economy remains stable in a sea of global economic turmoil.
Our focus must be on one thing more than any other: jobs for BC families. We will be presenting a plan that strengthens free enterprise, expands markets for BC products and sticks with our commitments to low taxes and a fiscally responsible approach.
Our cabinet is excited about this plan to defend and create BC jobs — and I think you will be too when it is outlined in the coming weeks. It is the product of extensive listening and will be a good example of how open government really works for BC families.
The stakes are tremendously high, especially with our economy in jeopardy due to the global situation. We need to act boldly because the alternative is an NDP government led by Adrian Dix, one of the main architects of the disastrous economic policies of the 1990s. It is a choice between our free enterprise approach that brings BC together so we all win, or a high tax, free spending plan that tries to divide our province into winners and losers. The worst part is that their approach really means we all lose.
Adrian Dix is spending his time traveling the province attacking me and our government. Their union bosses have now joined in with negative TV ads. We have to fight back. I hope you will click here to make a secure donation of $25, $50 or $100 today. With so much on the line, every dollar helps.
It is time for BC to turn the page on our long debate about the HST. Let’s get on with building our economy and creating a bright future for our families.
PS: I would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to make a secure online donation by clicking here.