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HST should have been an ecologically harmonized sales tax

The harmonized sales tax—it sounds like something Confucius might have supported during China’s Zhou Dynasty. Here in BC, however, the government’s surprise announcement that we will be adopting the HST next July 1 has brought nothing but disharmony.

By August 17, 93,000 people had joined Bill Tieleman’s NO BC HST Facebook group, and on August 6, a Global TV-Ipsos Reid poll found that 85 percent of British Columbians surveyed opposed the new tax. Not much harmony here.

And why should there be? Nobody likes what seems to be a tax grab, even if businesses do reduce their prices because they will now be able to get their PST payments repaid as well as their GST, and no longer be subject to a cascading PST on every stage of manufacture or installation. When Saskatchewan’s Conservative government adopted the HST in 1991, the move was so unpopular that it is thought to have caused the fall of the government in the election that same year.

BCSEA Welcomes BC’s first wind energy

August 6, 2009

Victoria, BC - The BC Sustainable Energy Association is very happy to congratulate AltaGas, Aeolis Wind Power Corporation and the Peace Energy Cooperative on the first delivery of wind energy into British Columbia’s grid.

“It has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. We hope this marks the beginning of a period of major growth for the wind energy sector,” said Guy Dauncey, President of the BCSEA.

MLAs urged to respond to “Code Green” opportunity in a "Hot, Flat and Crowded" world

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) today delivered 85 copies of Thomas Friedman’s new book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” to the offices of new and returning members of the Legislative Assembly, who will take their seats next week for the opening of the 39th Parliament of the BC Legislature.

Copies of the books were presented personally to Minister of State for Climate Action John Yap and Opposition Environment Critic Rob Fleming.

MLAs urged to respond to “Code Green” opportunity as the world becomes Hot, Flat, and Crowded

August 20, 2009

Victoria, BC – The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) today delivered 85 copies of Thomas Friedman’s new book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” to the offices of new and returning members of the Legislative Assembly, who will take their seats next week for the opening of the 39th Parliament of the BC Legislature.

Copies of the books were presented personally to Minister of State for Climate Action John Yap and Opposition Environment Critic Rob Fleming.

Successful LiveSmart program should be ramped up, not shut down

The BC Sustainable Energy Association is calling on the government to speedily bring forward plans to continue and augment the highly successful LiveSmart BC's Efficiency Incentive Program. The home retrofit and energy efficiency rebate and incentives program reached its three-year target (40,000 homes) and budget ($62M) in just 15 months of implementation, according to a government statement on Friday.