A photo of a 'tax shift' button on a cash register. British Columbia returned to the Provincial Sales Tax Monday

Recent poll shows slight majority of B.C. residents support scrapping HST

Poll conducted by Insights West on the pros and cons of the HST versus PST.

Insights West, a Western-based marketing research company, released details about an Harmonized Sales Tax versus Provincial Sales Tax online poll it conducted of “Your Insights” panel members between March 26 – 31, 2013.

The PST is being re-instated in British Columbia as of Monday, April 1 and will replace the Harmonized Sales Tax, a combination of the five-per-cent federal goods and services tax and the PST, the Liberal government rolled out in 2009.

The poll shows a slight majority, 52 per cent, of British Columbians support the doing away of the HST, while 37 per cent remained totally opposed to the change; 11 per cent were unsure.

A larger percentage of those polled believe the return to the PST will harm the B.C. economy (39 per cent) than those who believe other-wise (28 per cent) and 13 per cent were unsure about the effects the change might have.

Those polled were also asked if they planned to buy or spend more or less on 20 products and services after the change. The items were a mix of those taxed at a lower rate post-HST and those that would not be.

Between 55 per cent and 80 per cent of respondents, depending on the item, indicated the sales tax change would have no impact on buying behaviour.

“Most British Columbians are apparently not willing to commit to the idea of spending more, which may reflect a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude towards how the change will ultimately impact the price of various goods and services,” commented Catherine Dawson, senior vice-president, Insights West in the release.

“Results may also suggest some confusion about how the tax rates on particular items will change. Greater willingness to spend on restaurant meals versus the other items we tested may be due to higher general awareness that the tax rate will decrease when they dine out, perhaps due to more media coverage on the topic,” Dawson said.

 

Just Posted

Thousands donated to Castlegar health centre campaign

Money will go to purchasing new equipment

Climbing group launches fundraiser for Castlegar cliffs

TAWKROC wants to raise $60,000 to purchase the property from the owners

Wanted man captured by Trail RCMP

Ishmani Baker was arrested at a rural property on Columbia Gardens Road

Accident causes headaches for Castlegar commuters

Traffic backed up at intersection with Highway 3

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Most Read