Employer groups release statement on HST court ruling
Vancouver, August 20, 2010 – The following statement was issued today by the six
associations who asked for a judicial review of the anti-HST petition:
“We launched our court case because we wanted clarity and certainty around the future of the
HST. Representing the small, medium, and large companies who employ tens of thousands of
the people working across British Columbia, we wanted clarity on whether or not the HST would
remain in effect.
“Today’s decision leaves open the question that required certainty -- whether the bill will actually
extinguish the HST. The decision merely said the provincial agreement on the HST could be
extinguished, which leaves open the question of whether the bill will end the HST. This leaves
everyone without the certainty we sought and need to encourage investment and job creation in
“While the court did not provide the clarity we sought, we are hoping for a quick ruling by the
court on the petition proponent’s separate case on whether the HST was lawfully enacted by the
provincial government. That will provide some clarity.
“It remains important that our associations continue to provide the public with information on the
importance of harmonization in strengthening the employment and investment climate in British
Columbia. In a fragile global economy, it’s paramount that British Columbia does everything it
can to encourage investment, protect jobs, and foster job creation. Harmonization is a key tool
in accomplishing this.
“Our court case represented a nine-day delay in what has been an eight-month long petition
process. It began Dec. 24, 2009 and concluded with Elections BC releasing the results on Aug.
11, 2010. On an issue that will impact the livelihoods of so many working British Columbians,
that delay was a small price to pay to attempt to get clarity.
“As we earlier committed, we will not appeal.”
The six associations launching the judicial review are:
• Western Convenience Stores Association
• BC Chamber of Commerce
• Independent Contractors & Businesses Association
• Council of Forest Industries
• Mining Association of BC
• Coast Forest Products Association
For more information, contact:
President & CEO
BC Chamber of Commerce