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April 2, 2009

Ontario is reeling from the global economic melt down, it’s housing market is wounded, businesses are shutting down, and thousands are losing their jobs. The Ontario government’s response is to raise taxes – significantly.

As a letter to the editor on thestar.com puts it, “The cost of just about everything – like driving, watching TV, heating the house, cooking, legal fees, all freelance work, having a phone and the internet – is going up 8 percent. As a result of the cost of gas going up 8 per cent, you can bet your boots the cost of food and any goods transported by trucks, trains and airplanes will also rise because those costs will be passed on to the consumer.”

Slowly but surely a torrent of opposition (and confusion) is now mounting to the impending tax:

In an article entitled “Harmonized tax plan worries local agents” the Sault Star reports on agents fearful of how the new tax will further scare away buyers and sellers.

The Toronto Star has added it’s own letter to the editor section on its website entitled “Unhappy with harmonized tax“.

The Windsor Star just posted the article “PST-GST harmonization bad news for the poor” explaining how the tax will “widen the provincial tax burden to products and services not now taxed and a shifting of more of that on to the consumer.”

Newspapers such as the Ottawa Citizen are reporting on the “Confusion swirling around Ont.’s harmonized tax” postulating on why the government has “done so little to educate the public on such a big change.”

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