Have we completely lost our noggins? We’ve just spent $70 million this past year in BC promoting healthy living and sport. Now we’ve suddenly reversed direction with a new taxation system (HST) that, for one thing, has added 13% after income tax onto numerous sport activities, including fitness and gym clubs, skiing, bikes, even bicycles parts and service. Hello-oooo (: the verbs ‘subsidize’ and ‘tax’ can’t be ‘harmonized’. Cancelling out the effort of the ministry of healthy living and sport is devoid of common sense without historical precedent.
Monkey business going on halls of law-making by people we’ve put in charge goes way beyond simply ludicrous to anarchic insanity. Tax-restricted access to fitness clubs, gyms, and sports is akin to shooting yourself in the foot. Never before in the history of humanity has government been so diabolical as to have deterred the very foundation of freedom of health – fresh air, clean water, sunshine, regular whole food, or exercise. Yet, just as Obesity has risen to an all time high worsening progressively with younger generations, the government has made it even more difficult to overcome the hurdles to health fitness exercise.
It’s nonsensical, contradictory, and a direct attack on the green agenda of the people they have pretended to represent. Ostensibly the HST helps business by shifting the tax burden away from businesses and onto consumers. Will the exercise and sports industry benefit? Well, gyms are not businesses that can create a disproportionate distribution of wealth (to the point of economic collapse), so no, it will only make doing business that much more difficult, locally and globally. Business owners may party for a day on their artificial increase in profits, but in the end nobody wins. Not even the 1% hoovering our debt-based money supply (that replaced means-of-exchange money over a century ago) with over-productivity killing us and the planet. Debt is the plague of the planet and the money suckers bank on it, general health & prosperity hasn’t ever been on that agenda.
Can you guess who’s behind taxing our health? Taxation of what restores health to its peak instead of what has proven itself ad nauseam to have failed to, gives a clue. It has to be a very powerful lobby group with lots of money to buy the logic right out of government. Someone with a vested interest in keeping the general population medicated in subdued dis-ease with heart attack, cancer, medical & drugs within the top mortality stats (no HST added). Because medical intervention is highly effective in the treatment of trauma, ethics have been compromised by curriculum funding sources (which by the way haven’t been taxed equally). About half of our national budget (1/3 in USA) goes to the industry without restoring health to the general population. But remember, in a democracy they’re outnumbered. Governments won’t get very far with taxation laws that are socially unjust, if we don’t let them. Or if we all actually get healthy…
[Former NFL player Mike Hollis said of this tax, that if it had happened in the USA instead of Canada it would be “the beginning of the end for American people with health issues directly resulting from obesity!” NOTE: the HST also applies to recipient US business and businesses outside the zones that have instigated HST in Canada (British Columbia, Ontario, and the Eastern seaboard provinces). In other words HST has made it more difficult to do business internationally.[
[Ed Sullivan from SPORTS CAREERS group on LinkedIn made a fitting comment, “Maybe they should go the opposite direction and tax fast food, junk food, and sugar-based soda, if they are serious about healthy living of their constituents”.]
[“The HST makes it more expensive to lead a healthy lifestyle because the tax is not levied on items such as doughnuts or other goodies“, said Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “How wrong-headed is that?” she asked. “People should be encouraged to get fit and taxing physical activity will act as a deterrent”, Horwath added. “Cheap fast-food that makes you fat is tax-exempt yet the kinds of things we need people to engage in like fitness activities and smoking cessation programs are being taxed at 8 per cent,” she said. “The government should take a hard look at whether it really wants to tax these activities when in the long run it will pay more in health costs,” she added. “It is simply the wrong thing to do,” she said]