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Will Weaver huff and puff or bring speculation tax down to his liking

Canada Goose Parka Liberal Andrew Wilkinson stepped up his attacks on the NDP government’s proposed speculation tax Thursday, echoing what Green leader Andrew Weaver has been saying against the levy as well. Municipalities convention in Whistler. Canada Goose Parka

Canada Goose Outlet The Liberal leader also picked up on the call by UBCM delegates for the canada goose coats on sale province to not impose the tax on selected communities, and instead allow local governments to opt in or out. Canada Goose Outlet

canadian goose jacket “It is wrong to pick on certain communities and leave others untouched,” wrote Wilkinson. canadian goose jacket

Weaver made canadian goose jacket the same three points in a media scrum following his Wednesday address to the UBCM convention.

canada goose black friday sale One: “It’s not a speculation tax.” cheap canada goose uk Rather, as Weaver buy canada goose jacket cheap sees it, the New Democrats are charging canada goose uk black friday a vacancy tax on recreational and canada goose coats secondary residences whether they are being held for speculative purposes or not. canada goose black friday sale

canada goose clearance sale Two: “I don’t believe we should be punishing British Columbians or Canadians that happen to have a second place.” Weaver, like Wilkinson, uk canada goose has picked up on the NDP admission that 70 per cent of those who’ll pay the canada goose store tax are British Columbians or other Canadians. NDP government has a number of shortcomings and wants canada goose black friday sale to see it amended. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose He’d canada goose factory sale go along with the UBCM call for the government to instead allow local governments to craft a vacancy tax of their own, providing the revenue is invested in non market housing. canada goose

Nuances aside, it would appear the two leaders are in general agreement: the speculation tax is a misnomer. It unfairly targets British Columbians in general and canada goose outlet selected communities in particular.

Canada Goose online The two leaders have been making similar criticisms for some time. Together they contributed to the NDP government’s retreat on some of the more obnoxious provisions of the proposed tax back in March. Canada Goose online

canada goose clearance But with the fall legislature session approaching, Wilkinson and Weaver are both in a position to do much more. canada goose clearance

The two Andrews lead political parties that together control a majority of the seats in the legislature, 42 for the Liberals, three for the Greens, to just 41 for the canada goose uk shop NDP. (Speaker Darryl Plecas, a former Liberal, now sits as an independent.)

The New Democrats are vulnerable to a Liberal Green gang up on the speculation tax.

Rather, the government chose to hold further consultations on the half baked measure, with the intention of enacting the enabling legislation in the fall.

buy canada goose jacket That is still the government intention, according to Finance Minister Carole James. But the Liberals and Greens could frustrate those intentions, were they to combine their 45 votes to do so. buy canada goose jacket

Outright defeat of the legislation does not appear to be in the cards. Weaver says he supports some aspects of the proposal such as the proposed application to satellite families and would thus prefer to proceed by way of amendment.

Canada Goose sale But an Canada Goose Coats On Sale amendment to exempt British Columbians and other Canadians would significantly change the scope of the tax, confining the reach to the estimated 30 per cent of payees who are foreigners. As they are being taxed at a higher rate, revenues would be reduced from a projected $200 million a year to $140 million. Canada Goose sale

canada goose coats Not as easy to square Weaver’s opting out provision with the government goal of taxing selected communities in Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan. canada goose coats

canada goose deals Perhaps the legislation could be amended to provide matching provincial funding for social housing in cheap Canada Goose communities that choose to impose a vacancy tax of their own. Notwithstanding their apparent agreement on what is wrong with the tax, Weaver and Wilkinson give no indication of any plan to work together to fix it. canada goose deals

The Greens are continuing to work with the New Democrats under the provisions of their power sharing agreement.

As for the Liberals, they seem more canada goose clearance bent on mocking Weaver canada goose as someone who’ll “huff Canada Goose Outlet and puff but never blow the house down.”

cheap Canada Goose If they were to cooperate with Weaver on this file, they’d risk validating his argument keyed to the upcoming referendum on electoral reform that parties should Canada Goose sale work together, and under proportional representation they would have to do so. cheap Canada Goose

Canada Goose Jackets Besides, neither party trusts the other. When uk canada goose outlet the Liberals and Greens canada goose clearance sale agreed a while back canada goose uk outlet on the need to strengthen government lobbying legislation, they fell to squabbling and never made the most of the opening. Canada Goose Jackets

canada goose coats on sale The other player in this game of double and perhaps triple bluff is the government. The New Democrats could readily defuse the situation by giving Weaver what he wants. The loss of revenue would not be fatal to the balanced budget. canada goose coats on sale

But the government seems wedded to the half baked and falsely titled measure. If the New Democrats won’t budge, Weaver will have to attempt a deal with the Liberals or content himself with more huffing and puffing.

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