Small Town Small Businesses Opposed to HST

Cheryl Macarthy operates a restaurant and gift shop in Wells, BC and doesn’t want the government to implement the HST as proposed.

“Our numbers were down this summer already. Tacking on another 7% to meals will discourage tourists from eating here and from staying long enough to spend some of their money in other local businesses. The economy is fragile enough in small towns without the government making it worse.”

Macarthy is angry that the government said nothing about the HST during the election, and hasn’t consulted with small businesses at all.

“They’ve destroyed Tourism BC, slashed arts funding essential for attracting visitors to our region, and increased taxes. It doesn’t make any economic sense.”

Macarthy’s restaurant, the Bear’s Paw Café, won a Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association award in 2008 for marketing “outside the box”. It’s located across Highway 26 from her gift shop, the “Frog on the Bog”.

For further information, contact Bill Horne at Amazing Space Studio, Wells, BC 250-994-2332 mazing at claireart dot ca
photo by Bill Horne

© Bill Horne Links:

Some important addresses to write to:

Arts Advocacy BC

British Columbians and Canadians Speak Out Against Funding Cuts

" Government is gambling with other people's money", The Province

"Flex Your Muscles, BC Arts Community", The Tyee

"Budget Cut Blues' Played for Politicians", The Tyee

"Government cuts steal colour from life"

Article in The Straight including reactions from individual artists

Visualize the cuts (CARFAC BC on Facebook)

Organizing against Campbell's cuts to the arts (Facebook)

Creativity Counts

Fight HST BC


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