Highs And Lows Of The 2017 B.C. Budget

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

If last year's provincial budget could be described as "petty" after Finance Minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities -- only to claw most of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program -- this year's budget could best be described as "petulant."

Transit Tax Would Be Added To PST: Province

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia

If the tax is approved, Metro Vancouver shoppers will see a combined PST and transit tax totalling 7.5 per cent on their receipts.

The Largest Expense in a Canadian Family's Budget Will Surprise You

Charles Lammam | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Like other Canadians, you work hard for your money. Faced with essential expenses such as food, clothing, and shelter, your household budget may feel squeezed. But what if we told you, your family's biggest expense is taxes?

B.C.'s Business Tax Regime Needs Competitive Jumpstart

Charles Lammam | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

One item sorely missing from the B.C. finance minister's recent budget was a plan to make the province's business taxes more competitive and attractive for investment. When the province shifted back to the PST last year, the cost of doing business and investing increased dramatically. Disappointingly, de Jong's budget did nothing to address this shackle around BC's economy. Tax reform, however, might be the light at the end of tunnel.

2013's Top 10 Stories for B.C. Small Businesses

Mike Klassen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

According to our monthly Business Barometer survey, B.C. small business confidence grew substantially this year. In February, B.C. ranked in sixth place among Canada's 10 provinces -- but by the end of November, we were sitting solidly in second place. With the New Year almost upon us, it is worthwhile to take a moment to reflect upon 2013's high and low points for small business.

PST Hike Means Higher Taxes and Lower Prosperity for Manitoba Families

Charles Lammam | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

When Manitoba's NDP government delivered its budget back in April, Finance Minister Stan Struthers ruffled some feathers with his announcement of an i...

Tax Freedom Day Was Bittersweet

Charles Lammam | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

In 2013, Canadians worked until June 10, which happens to be Tax Freedom Day, to pay all their taxes. Tax Freedom Day is an easy-to-understand measure of the total tax burden imposed on Canadian families by federal, provincial, and local governments. But the true tax burden doesn't end with the revenues that governments collect.

Tough Times Ahead For The BC Liberals

Jason Clemens | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jason Clemens

The BC Liberals and particularly Premier Christy Clark deserve the praise they're receiving for their surprise electoral victory. After all, the Liberals reversed a double-digit deficit in the polls and ended up securing a majority government. This moment of jubilation for the Liberals and their supporters will be short-lived however, as the reality of governing in difficult times takes hold. The litmus test for the success of this government, which they themselves established, is the success of the economy and in particular, jobs.

Return Of The PST Darkens B.C.'s Economy

Charles Lammam | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

It was no joke; on April 1st B.C. officially scrapped the HST and in one fell swoop, restored the old Provincial Sales Tax system. But moving back to the PST will cause harm to the provincial economy and B.C. families will lose out on the increased prosperity and jobs that the HST would have encouraged. Since our province will be poorer with the PST, it falls on our political leaders to take action to lessen the impact.

Are B.C. Businesses Ready For PST?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The return of B.C.'s Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is leaving many businesses unprepared, as many have yet to do anything to revert to the province's old...

This Will Cost You More Next Week

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The return of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) in B.C. will hurt beer drinkers' wallets, but provide some relief at the till for cyclists. B.C. is re...

'Serious Concern' Behind B.C. PST

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - B.C. businesses seem largely unprepared for the return to the old provincial sales tax once it takes over from the much-hated HST in April...

Another Bitter Year Brewing For B.C. Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Once the champagne is drunk, the noisemakers go silent, the balloons pop and the New Year's kisses end, 2013 will bring one nasty hangover for cash-strapped B.C. taxpayers. Taxes, fees and levies from all levels of government are set to go up, leaving even less of your hard-earned money in your pocket.

With Return Of The PST, Tax Reform Needed To Keep B.C. Competitive

Niels Veldhuis | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Niels Veldhuis

To encourage businesses to invest and expand their operations in B.C., the focus should be on making B.C. the most investment-friendly jurisdiction in Canada. To that end, the government should put forth a tax plan to reduce the crushing blow to B.C.'s competitiveness in light of the PST's rebirth.