Get ready for more taxes

The drama continues to unfold in Victoria with Speaker of the Legislature, Darryl Plecas and his allegations of criminal wrongdoing against the former clerk and sergeant-at-arms.

During a heated debate at a committee last week, Plecas declared that he will resign if British Columbians are not shocked when they find out the nature of his allegations.

The problem is, no one knows what the charges actually are because of “an ongoing police investigation.” Even the clerk, Craig James and sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz are not aware of the true nature of the charges against them.

All of this serves as a huge disruption to some pretty big developments that we can all look forward to in the coming weeks.

It is hoped that the results of the referendum on proportional representation will be released by the end of December.

While the results are expected to be close, they will also be rather controversial considering less than 50 per cent of the population actually participated. Regardless of the results, neither side will be able to claim that British Columbians seriously consider electoral reform a top-of-mind issue.

While most of us will be ready to usher in the New Year, very few British Columbians will welcome all of the tax increases planned for Jan. 1.

The government is forging ahead with its plan to continue charging MSP premiums on top of its new Employer Health Tax throughout 2019.

Many are questioning why it is necessary for the government to ‘double-dip’ with both the old and the new tax, while at the same time it’s predicting a $1.35 billion year-end surplus?

Consumers are also going to be asking why the government finds it necessary to increase the carbon tax for the second time on April 1st with such a big surplus on the books?

With the cost of heating your house and filling your tank going up, I wonder how tolerant people will be for further tax increases?

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