Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sticking it to the HST

Spoke at an anti-HST rally about the unfairness of the new Harmonzied Sales Tax that applies now to bicycles but exempts motor fuels.

It's counter-intuitive to talk about fighting climate change while reducing taxes on the most siginficant source of greenhouse gas emissions - motor fuels - while increasing taxes on one of the solutions - bicycles.

We need more carrots and fewer sticks. Supporting sustainable transportation is important not just for the environment, but also for individual and community health. Getting people active helps reduce the load on our overburdened health care system too.

My speech at the rally is now up on You Tube. Many thanks to Saanich South MLA Lana Popham for organizing the event and keeping the pressure on.


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