HST begins in Ontario, consumers scramble to save money Special

Posted Jul 1, 2010 by Andrew Moran
Canada Day is the day where people nationwide celebrate the birth of the country. However, July 1 is also the day where residents of British Columbia and Ontario officially begin paying the Harmonized Sales Tax.
Vehicles lining up to save some money before the HST kicks in.
Vehicles lining up to save some money before the HST kicks in.
On Wednesday, vehicle owners attempted to save money by purchasing gasoline for their cars prior to Thursday’s implementation of the dreaded Harmonized Sales Tax that was approved by Premier Dalton McGuinty in December 2009, much to the chagrin of Ontario consumers.
Long line-ups were seen at the ESSO gas station at the corner of Church Street and Dundas Street East. Media outlets swarmed the station to see how many consumers were trying to save some money.
People weren’t just trying to save a little bit of money on gas but also on essential items such as vitamins, haircuts and home service maintenance, including plumbing and electricity.
Other items that will be included into the HST are dry cleaning services, electricity and heating costs, Internet access services, hotel rooms, taxis, home renovations, arts and sports lessons, theatre tickets, funeral services, legal services and many more.
There have been constant commercials on the radio educating Ontarians about what is and what is not applicable to the HST. The speaker states two items that are not applicable to the HST and one that is then informs the listener to go to the website: HST List.
A poll released in December, suggests that 90 percent of Ontarians and British Columbians view that the HST is nothing more than a tax grab for the provincial governments and will not benefit the consumer. Only about one in ten of British Columbians and Ontarians support the HST initiative.