Today our time-of-use hydro meter officially kicks in. This does NOT benefit us, in spite of government propaganda to the contrary.
Today our provincial sales tax and federal sales tax are meshed into one harmonized sales tax (HST). Things that never were taxed before, or only had one kind of tax, are now all up to 13%. People with small businesses, like retired people who cut lawns, are now required to charge this tax and to download software to report it. This assumes that the very-small-business owners have a computer to use the software.
This means our hydro and electricity are up 13% in addition to whatever the Smart Meter decides to increase our rates by. This means gasoline is now taxed at 13%.
This means politicians who go on radio shows and start talking about replacing our old freezer with some new programmable one that runs during the off-hours, as a way around the cost of our being soaked by the cost of energy, and who talk about a rapid transit line-to-be-built as a solution to everybody's transit problems, should have their heads examined if they think those are any kind of solutions to the real issue of a bigger chunk of what we live on vanishing into the wall outlets and up the furnace pipes and into all kinds of places it never went before. You take two little kids and a full load of groceries on any kind of public transit and see what you have to say then. Talk to the lawn-cutting guy who has to both charge more and deal with tax reporting, and ask how this benefits him. Watch how the increased gasoline costs drive up the prices of other things not directly affected.
It's Canada Day. Do I sound disgruntled?
I don't think I can afford that long a word any more. You'll have to settle for gruntled.