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article imageBC: Gordon Campbell suspends 15 percent tax rebate

By Gibril Koroma     Nov 17, 2010 in Politics
Vancouver - The Executive Council of the government of British Columbia (a fancy name for the cabinet) has today announced it's suspending a personal tax reduction recently announced by outgoing Premier Gordon Campbell.
The promised 15 percent reduction, considered a bribe by some BC political analysts to soften opposition to Campbell, was intended to reduce income tax rates for the first $72,000 of personal income. In other words, it would have been a significant tax break for low income British Columbians. It was announced in October and would have taken effect January 1, 2011.
But all that has now been suspended by Campbell, who is still premier until February 14th, 2011 when a new Premier would be sworn in. BC residents might however take comfort in the fact that the tax reduction has not been abolished, just suspended.
"In order to ensure the Executive Council has maximum flexibility to set government's economic and fiscal agenda, Cabinet has decided to suspend the planned tax reduction." Campbell said.
"The Cabinet has decided that during this period of transition it is important that decisions are not made that would unnecessarily limit Executive Council's ability to set priorities and implement their agenda for government," he added.
It's difficult to predict the reaction to this latest announcement from the Campbell government. Many BC residents were largely indifferent when Campbell announced it last month. His popularity froze at 9 percent, which led to his eventual resignation.
Campbell's ministers, who are also members of the legislature, are however currently under extreme pressure. The Anti-HST campaigners led by Bill Vander Zalm have drawn up a recall list for Liberal MLAs and have promised to swing into action soon by asking voters to recall one Liberal MLA after the other if the HST is not scrapped. Science and Universities minister Ida Chong (MLA for Oak-Bay-Gordon-Head) is at the top of the recall list.
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