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darwink

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There might come a time for municipal sales tax power in the Calgary and Edmonton Charters but the province needs to fall on that grenade first with a PST
Oh. It is just that a provincial referendum can possibly happen during municipal elections.
 

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I would be totally okay with a sales tax. I know it's a dirty word in Alberta, but it's a straight forward tax, and generally a fair one. Those with more money to spend generally contribute more.
At some point we have to pay for society and it's basic functions of government, healthcare, education and infrastructure (among other things).

Sales tax is the most obvious and easy to implement tool that solves a ton of our problems. Breaking the province's cognitive dissonance of believing we should have good services/infrastructure but we shouldn't pay for it, will be tough but worth it in the end.
 

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Count me in as being okay with a sales tax. Generally it is a fair tax as mentioned, as those who can afford to pay for high end sports cars, expensive suits or fancy dinners, can usually afford to pay a few extra taxes, and this way, they aren't forced into it, it's of their choosing.
 

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Just let me buy my Bronco first and then I am on board as well:p

Institute it as a consumption tax on non essential items.
 

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Just let me buy my Bronco first and then I am on board as well:p

Institute it as a consumption tax on non essential items.
Probably just easiest to copy the GST exemption list. Making our own list would be a nightmare. BC partially got pissed at the HST because their old PST exempted of all things restaurant meals, so the restaurants all put a petition to force a repeal in their restaurants. The anti-tax forces also just kept repeating that because of the new tax, everyone was all of a sudden going to tip less. So servers/hosts promoted signing the petition even!
 
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I can't remember the specifics of the HST in Ontario, but I do recall that many people perceived it as a new tax. The anti-tax fervor of the time is potentially what explains Rob Ford's victory in the 2010 mayoral election, even though the HST has nothing to do with municipal politics. I heard directly from people who told me that they were voting Ford in order to repeal the HST.
 

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I can't remember the specifics of the HST in Ontario, but I do recall that many people perceived it as a new tax. The anti-tax fervor of the time is potentially what explains Rob Ford's victory in the 2010 mayoral election, even though the HST has nothing to do with municipal politics. I heard directly from people who told me that they were voting Ford in order to repeal the HST.
The exemption list changed a bit with the HST in Ontario - the HST didn't exempt bicycles, and very small restaurant meals (think a coffee and a donut from tim hortons) unlike the PST. Also, the old PST in Ontario had a different higher rate for liquor consumed in restaurants, and how the government went about keeping this revenue while having a lower sales tax rate was endlessly complicated. Also, the PST hadn't applied to things like financial services, lawyers, and the like, while the HST did. Groups that thought the tax would decrease demand were pissed for a while until it turned out to not matter (I don't remember any follow up stories 6 months later with sobbing small businesses). The government made concurrent changes to business taxes to offset some of the shift.
 

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From Reuters...Alberta's government is in talks with a private Saudi company to open a C$5-billion to C$10-billion ($3.8 billion-$7.6 billion) petrochemical plant in Canada's main oil and gas producing province, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported on Friday.
Alberta is offering incentives for developers to build more petrochemical plants to create desperately needed jobs and demand for the province's natural gas. The pandemic has hammered fuel demand, lowering crude prices and forcing energy producers to cut costs and jobs.

Here's the source https://www.theglobeandmail.com/bus...berta-for-petrochemical-facility-as-province/
 

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