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Motion to reduce HST to 10 per cent passes

June 1st, 2011

A binding motion passed in the B.C. legislature Tuesday to reduce the HST to 10 per cent, subject to a “no” vote in the HST referendum.

As a result of the motion being passed, British Columbia’s minister of Finance must immediately advise the Minister of Finance for the Government of Canada to reduce B.C.’s portion of the HST to six per cent on July 1, 2012 and a further reduction to five per cent on July 1, 2014, subject to a “no” vote in the HST referendum.

Under the terms of the binding motion, the Province will also provide one-time transition cheques of $175 per child that will be issued to families with children under 18 years old. In addition, low- and modest-income seniors will receive a one-time transition cheque of $175.

These proposed changes to the HST, including transition cheques, will take effect only if British Columbians vote to keep the HST.

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