This is the best news I’ve heard in ages! I’m quite relieved. When I first heard about the dreaded HST, my heart leapt into my throat. I was horrified that I was going to have to pay 13% tax on my beloved books, among other things that don’t currently carry more than GST. But here is the Toronto Star’s word on that:
There will be some exemptions, such as children’s clothing, feminine hygiene products and books, but the 13 per cent will be applied for the first time on things like homes of more than $400,000, heating fuel, gasoline, tobacco, taxis, golf green fees and landscaping, newspapers and magazines, gym membership, veterinarian fees and even vitamins.
Imagining the expense of things when this comes into effect, and agreeing with Conservative Leader Bob Runciman in the article, I still very much wish this new tax wouldn’t happen at all, but I’m grateful that one of the things I was most worried about will be excluded. If they weren’t, what another blow that would be to book sales and shops!