Friday, January 20, 2006

Cross-border shopping

As reported earlier this week, the province of BC is trying to crack-down on cross-border shopping. Not the Canada/US boarder, but the BC/Alberta boarder.

For years, tax weary British Columbians have travelled to sales tax free Alberta to buy various products. The BC government has taken the unprecedented step in pressuring Costco to reveal the names of BC customers who shop in their Alberta stores. Needless to say, Costco is refusing on the basis of privacy and has filed a petition.

Here's an idea for the BC government. If you want to 'level the playing field', lower your taxes to be more competitive with Alberta.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

What law says you can't buy a stove or refrigerator in one province if you live in the next?

Anonymous said...

If you plan to sue the Govt of BC I'll be happy to contribute.

Andy, Calgary

Ian said...

I believe it was a woman from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation office in Victoria that spoke on CBC Radio One about this issue. Was very impressed. It would be interesting if you could link to the file here.

Anonymous said...

The BC Social Services Tax Act requires a person to remit taxes on out of province purchases

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the "B.C. Social Services Tax Act" was writen by a brainless twit... and voted into law by a body of brainless twits (leftist pols, that is).

Anonymous said...

Is the BC government going to create roadblocks and check points armed with soldiers with guns, at the border, near Alberta, in Canada .... We are not making this up... Choose your Canada...

Typical acts of Liberal and NDP socialists. They always ask law abiding taxpayers to Hand over their wallets so they can continue to provide safe needles and heroin/crack to drug addicts in their city streets ...

So if I go cross border to the US and shop tax free goods, will the BC Liberal government go after me too ?

Anonymous said...

I remember years ago durind a liquor strike in Quebec, the SQ would stop people returing from Ontarion border towns with booze. The offence? Crossing a provincial border with the intent to avoid provincial sales tax. Booze confiscated!

len pryor said...

Sask has the same problem with Alberta as does BC. In Lloydminster they have given up totaly except for motor vehicles which have to be registered in the province of residence. I suggest that B.C. save a lot of trouble and expense by copying Sask's example in this case.

Jeff Cosford said...

We got tax and spend Liberals here too. After the NDP was voted out of office they left the Province with 30 billion in debt.

The Liberals have taken us to 37 billion in debt. They just love to spend.

California has 30 billion US in debt.
BC has 32 Billion US in debt

California has a pop. of 30 million.
BC has a pop. of 4 million.

Socialism is working for you.

Anonymous said...

Out of curiousity...I used to live in Calgary, and travelled to interior BC several times on camping trips. Would the BC government reimburse me for the taxed I payed, that I wouldn't have payed in Alberta?

Anonymous said...

Absolutely ri-goddamn-diculous!

Patricia Goodwill said...

I would suggest that the BC Gov't, has gone nuts. Remember this, the next provincal election!! Vote them out!!!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps we should ALL move to Alberta...

Ontario

Anonymous said...

I agree with the one poster...if the BC gov't wants ME to pay them tax for shopping at Alberta Costco, then they should reimburse all BC PST to Albertans who have shopped in BC. Also, the nearest Costco to me is Lethbridge. I would have to travel twice as far to get to one in BC. What kind of sense does that make?

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