Wednesday, April 30, 2014

No taxation without representation!

Dear Saanich South,

I rose in the House yesterday to challenge the BC government on their widely-panned scheme to change BC's successful recycling system. 

Starting May 19, the BC Government intends to force businesses to pay an onerous recycling tax to Multi-Materials BC. MMBC is a dummy corporation registered under the Society Act as a non-profit. It is in fact run by Ontario-based Vice Presidents of Unilever and Loblaws and it lacks basic financial accountability mechanisms. 

Nevertheless, the government has given it the authority (under Ministry of Environment regulations) to collect approximately $100 million dollars from businesses every year. Business owners are expected to pay this new tax but the government is refusing to ensure the monies are spent consistently with the rules of representative government.  

This is about government being accountable.

I asked the Minister of the Environment to address business owners concerns by ensuring that the Auditor General has jurisdiction to review MMBC. 

This was a straight-forward and legitimate question. 

Regrettably, Minister Polak’s response was to smear the Opposition, utterly misrepresent my own views and completely ignore the question.

This issue is of huge importance to many business people in BC right now...and they deserve much better from their government than this. 

I am continuing to actively work on this file. 

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