Got my $146.25 GST/HST/carbon tax credits! That's $585 per year!
(There must be a cost of living allowance built in, likely on the GST and/or LICAT credits - $230 and $100, respectively. With BC's $230 HST credit, the total comes to $580, not $585.)
The $230 annually from BC for the HST is a boost I appreciate. On an income as low as mine, no way does the sales tax I pay come anywhere near it, let alone approach $585. Which means more money for food, less worry about my rent going up by $15 next month.
In fact, so far this year, and this is as of June 30 before receiving and calculating in this latest credit, I'm ahead by $57.86.
Thank you BC Liberals for doing something right for a change. HOW you did it, in not coming clean with the electorate, is another matter.
I also give credit to the BC Liberals for implementing their "Climate Action," or carbon, tax. It doesn't go far enough, but it's a start.
Taxing consumption is the way to go. Yes, despite the incessant cry: "But the jobs! If you tax goods and services, there'll be no jobs!!"
Well, if society would move toward green jobs, which produce environment-preserving, innovative, and more efficient goods and services, then it would have less of a problem, wouldn't it?
ETA: See follow-up re comments below about effect of HST on BC Hydro bills.