You may have heard that former British Columbia premier Bill Vander Zalm is going riding to riding, hoping to get enough names to force a referendum on the Harmonized Sales Tax, which goes into effect on July 1.
I’m not really paying attention because I don’t think he’s going to be able to pull it off. At first glance, it’s an admirable cause, but the cynic in me says he’s a politician.
However, a lot of people are up in arms about the HST in B.C.
I was driving home recently and there was a guy in my neighbourhood, sitting at what looked like a kid’s lemonade stand, an old table and a chair. He had put signs up around the neighbourhood that said `HST Petition’ with arrows pointing to where people could sign it and there was a lineup.
Needless to say, there aren’t many people happy about the HST and I’m sure it’s the same in Ontario.
As far as golf goes, I don’t think it will have much of an effect on the game. On a $75 green fee, what’s the difference? Most of the green fees on the Lower Mainland are under $100.
When a golf course raises its rates, a golfer can go somewhere else, but with the HST, everybody’s going to be in the same boat, so I don’t think individual golf courses will lose anything because of it and I don’t think it’s enough to discourage somebody from playing golf if they love golf.
The first few weeks after it comes into effect, when it’s still a shock to people’s systems, there may be a little bit of a backlash.
Even though I think the HST won’t have much of an effect on golf, that doesn’t mean I have to like it.