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Dryden & Sioux Lookout public meetings to focus on NW cost of living, HST

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THUNDER BAY, ON - January 14, 2009 – Member of Parliament Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay – Superior North) will join Tania Cameron for Town Hall meetings in Dryden and Sioux Lookout this week. The Town Hall meetings will focus on the impact of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) throughout the Northwest, how the HST can still be stopped, and will provide residents with an opportunity to make their concerns known. 

“Many politicians are afraid to consult their constituents publicly about the new Harmonized Sales Tax, or even talk about how they voted for it. But public input is important on the largest single sales tax hike the federal and provincial governments have ever conspired to impose on us.” said Hyer in announcing the meetings.

“It’s important to know the HST can still be stopped. I’m very pleased to join NDP candidate Tania Cameron to consult local residents on the HST, even while the government refuses to do so. New Democrats have been strong and clear in our opposition to this tax hike. We’re proud to stand up for Northerners who will be disproportionately burdened because we already pay more for things that will cost more under the HST like home heating, transportation, and snow removal, to name just a few.” affirmed Hyer.

Meetings are open to the public. There will be photo and interview opportunities during all events:

Dryden:   Friday, January 15, 2010
HST Town Hall
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Holiday Inn, 585 Government Street, Dryden, Ontario

Sioux Lookout:  Saturday, January 16, 2010
HST Town Hall
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Best Western, 2 Sturgeon River Rd., Sioux Lookout, Ontario

Harmonized Sales Tax Fact Sheet

Some of the goods and services that were not taxed under the provincial sales tax, but will be subject to the HST as of Canada Day 2010:

• Gasoline
• Postage
• Utilities (heating/hydro/natural gas)
• Internet bills
• Campgrounds
• Domestic air, rail, and commercial bus tickets
• Newspapers and magazines
• Admissions under $4 (e.g., pool)
• Personal services (e.g., hair stylist, massage)
• Professional services (e.g., legal, accountant, mutual fund fees)
• Membership fees (e.g., gym)
• Houses & real estate commissions
• Home renovation labour costs
• Commercial property rentals
• Landscaping
• Vitamins
• Bicycles
• Most admissions to live theatres
• Taxi fares
• Conferences and seminars
• Dry cleaning
• Carpet cleaning
• Funeral costs
• Labour costs related to home renovation
• Motor vehicle services (towing, car washing)
• Ice rink rental
• Veterinary care
• Hotels (tax rising from 5% to 8%)
• Overnight summer camps (tax rising from 3% to 8%)

For more information about how the tax will impact your cost of living and how it can be stopped, visit:

www.fightthehike.ca

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