Robbing from Peter doesn’t bother Paul a bit

Dear editor,

Re: “Thank you, Bill and Kathryn” – J.M. Presley (Record, Sept. 2).

Dear editor,

Re: “Thank you, Bill and Kathryn” – J.M. Presley (Record, Sept. 2).

Mr. Presley dwells on the issues related to the recent HST vote results while ignoring the big taxation picture in B.C. Without a doubt, the HST is an efficient and effective way for government to collect tax revenue.

The point Mr. Presley misses is that the HST was only one piece of a very unfair tax system in B.C. where the richest 20 per cent pay a lower rate of tax than the rest of us.

In 2000, most B.C. families paid about the same tax, with the top 10 per cent of income earners paying a bit more. Today, the top 20 per cent of income earners pay a lower rate than the rest of us.

This hits the middle class and families hardest. For example, with tax cuts since 2000, the top 10 per cent get a $9,000 tax break, while the middle class and families get about $1,200.

That is unfair.

B.C. tax revenue has fallen by almost two per cent since 2000, or about $3.4 billion. That loss of revenue has meant cuts to such public services as health, education, police.

We now pay more in MSP premiums than businesses contribute to provincial corporate income taxes.

That is unfair.

What B.C. needs is a fair tax commission to look at what services we need, what infrastructure needs updating and how all of us can pay a fair share.

That would be fair.

Mr. Presley likes the current unfair tax system because he benefits more than the rest of us. If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you create another problem in doing so (unfair taxes), often through poor short-term planning.

However, you can always be sure of support from Paul.

Cliff Boldt,


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Trenton Golden Hawks are changing their name and uniform for one game on Nov. 27 as they become the Trenton Snowbirds for one game to honour Capt. Jennifer Casey. Twitter photo
Hockey team honouring fallen Snowbird with Comox Valley connection

The Trenton Golden Hawks will become the Trenton Snowbirds for one game

A late-blooming Welsh poppy gave the Cox garden some unexpected colour last month. Photo by Leslie Cox
DUCHESS OF DIRT: La Nina signs not necessarily steeped in science

LESLIE COX Special to The Record I am beginning to think climate… Continue reading

The suspect is described as approximately 20-25 years old, between 5’3 to 5’4, with dark hair. He was wearing black Adidas pants, white shoes, and a puffy grey jacket. Photo supplied
Attempted robbery in Courtenay

Investigators from the Comox Valley RCMP Major Crime Unit are investigating

The Fifth Street Bridge requires structural improvements, new coating to repair and prevent corrosion, and deck repairs. File photo
Fifth Street Bridge repairs to proceed in Courtenay

The unofficial results are in for the Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation Alternative… Continue reading

Windy conditions in Nanaimo’s Lost Lake area. (News Bulletin file photo)
Wind warning issued for the east coast of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada says people ‘should be on the lookout’ for adverse weather conditions

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. daily COVID-19 cases hits record 941 on Tuesday

Further restrictions on indoor exercise take effect

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Bob Higgins pulls the gate across on the elevator built inside his home. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Island man’s expertise earns international award with home-built elevator

Experience put to use in winning contest entry for furniture and home projects

Barrels pictured outside Oliver winery, Quinta Ferreira, in May. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
B.C. Master of Wine reflects on industry’s teetering economic state

Pandemic, for some wine makers, has been a blessing in disguise. For others, not so much.

A fentanyl test strip is used at Vancouver Coastal Health in Vancouver, Tuesday, January, 21, 2020. The test strips will be made available to drug users to ensure that their drugs are safe and free of Fentanyl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Drug overdoses lead to 5 deaths each day in October; drug toxicity continues to increase

COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate the overdose crisis

There was a fourth COVID-19 exposure on a flight at Comox airport on Nov.15. File photo
Fourth COVID-19 exposure on flight at Comox airport

The BCCDC recommends passengers on a domestic flight with a COVID-19 case should self-monitor

An employee of the Adventure Hotel was taken to hospital on Nov. 20 after she confronted a customer of Empire Coffee about not wearing a mask. File photo.
Nelson hotel employee suffers heart attack after being assaulted in anti-mask incident

An accountant at the Adventure Hotel is in hospital in Kelowna

Damien Smith, with father Thomas Smith, is “frozen” with joy as he watches a special message Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds recorded for Damien’s 9th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (Contributed)
Shuswap boy celebrates 9th birthday with family, community and Ryan Reynolds

People from around the world send birthday cards showing young Canoe resident he’s not alone

Most Read