Sunday May 22, 2011

Your Voice

The HST Doesn't Add Up

Referendum delay has made it impossible to vote against it

Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack


am concerned that the referendum questions will not be straight forward. There should not be a straight yes or no. I mean that revisions are necessary to take many items off being taxed by HST.


Harmonizing PST and HST is a good idea on the surface, but adding many new taxes was wrong, and that is what is so upsetting. Two items I object most to are:

1. Supplies needed for renovations. My costs for renovation were higher by $560 in July 2010 than they would have been in May of June the same year, because of HST.

2. Restaurants now cost much more than they did before HST. It is impossible for me to eat out or even go out for a cup of coffee.

There are other items taxed since July 1, 2010 that I am not even aware of, because I am too poor to go shopping for clothes or shoes and I cannot afford entertainment either. The lovely new Cultural Hall in Chilliwack, and the many concerts there, are inaccessible to me.

If such HST taxes were removed or reduced, I would vote to retain HST.

That is because that the costs of bookkeeping to be returned to pre-HST would likely be high. How high?

Delaying so long to have a referendum, has made it almost impossible to vote against it. That has cheated the populace of justice.

The rich are getting richer and the middle class are becoming poor. What will be done about it?


Myrtle Macdonald, M.Sc.Applied (in Nursing Research and Education), McGill University.


Hey, It's Myrtle's Birthday June 5!

Old and new friends, relatives and former colleagues - from near and far away - are invited to help celebrate the 90th birthday of Myrtle Macdonald in St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall at First Avenue and Young Road, Chilliwack, BC 11.30 AM to 1.30 PM. Sunday June 5

If you are able, come at 10.10AM to the church service,  where you can also enjoy worship  with good old hymns and an anthem by the choir. There will be displays of pictures and artifacts of Myrtle's work in India, Pakistan, Lesotho, Saskatchewan Reserves, etc. Myrtle will also sing "The Lord is my Shepherd" by Samuel Liddle
with Dr. Rowland Amos at the piano.


Impromptu reminiscences and musical contributions will be welcomed. You will be able to write a line or place a page (8 1/2" X 11") in an album of memories. You might bring along old pictures of former days.

RSVP would be nice but not necessary. Contact Myrtle by e-mail here or call 604-795-6390

No gifts please, but if donations are received, they will go to: Half to the Fund to Buy a Piano; Half to the St. Thomas Youth Kenyan Mission Trip.