Fight the Hike. Stop the HST in Ontario


Write a Letter to the Editor

Most Ontarians don't know much about the HST yet, or how it will affect them. Harper & McGuinty are counting on this and on taxpayers to do what they always do when a new tax is added: Nothing! Start spreading the word and we can stop the HST dead in its tracks. Write a letter to your local paper about it... scroll to the bottom to find the contact info for the community newspaper nearest you. Sample letters:


Sample Letter 1

To: Editor

Subject: Harmonized Sales Tax

Dear Editor,

As a concerned taxpayer, I feel that it's important that Ontario residents know what the proposed HST will do to our everyday expenses. Stephen Harper has been pushing the HST onto the provinces, supposedly to cut red tape for business. On the surface it sounds reasonable.

There's just one problem. The new 13% tax will be applied to almost all goods and services that we don't pay PST on now. This means an extra 8% on everything from gas and diesel, hydro, natural gas and home heating fuel, internet, cell phone, and cable bills, airline, train and bus tickets, ice rink rentals, taxi fares, gym fees, snow removal,hair cuts, and any professional fees like legal fees, real estate agents, and mutual fund fees, just to name a few.

Right now, Ontarians just can't afford what will amount to be the biggest tax hike in our history, and we will remember politicians that voted for it come election time.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Your Phone#]



Sample Letter 2

To: Editor

Subject: Ontario HST

Dear Editor,

I was interested to read [name of recent article]. The new Harmonized Sales Tax will have a major impact on this in the not-too-distant future. It's scheduled to come into effect next year. But this tax is absolutely the worst idea at the worst time:

  1. A recession the wrong time to raise taxes.
  2. Balancing business' books on the backs of struggling taxpayers is the wrong way to improve Ontario's economy.
  3. So many goods and services will see price hikes under the HST that virtually no-one will escape, both Ontarians and tourists alike

But it's not too late to stop - the federal government has yet to pass it into law, or ask Parliament permission to send a $4.3 billion cheque to Queen's Park so they can implement it. Ontarians should be putting the Harper government on notice by writing, calling, or emailing their MP and telling them they won't stand for it.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Your Phone#]



Sample Letter 3

To: Editor

Subject: The Latest Tax Grab

Dear Editor,

Given the current economic climate, many Ontarians are fighting just to make ends meet. Introducing an additional new tax like the HST now is nothing but and ill-timed cash grab. Offering a one-time partial rebate to offset higher costs for everyone is not enough: the partial rebate will only cover a fraction of our higher costs and is only good for a year, while the HST tax will go on forever.

The HST may be passed provincially soon, but it has to pass federally too. I strongly suggest MPs consider voting against plans to enable the HST. At this time, seeking new ways to increase the tax burden on their constituents is completely irresponsible.

The average Ontario family stands to pay almost $3,000 more each year under this tax. I stand with the overwhelming majority of them against this tax grab.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[Your Phone#]



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Ontario Newspapers


Write one of the newspapers below or click on the link for the community paper nearest you:
http://www.ocna.org/member_search

Toronto Sun
333 King St. E.,
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 3X5
Email: torsun.editor@sunmedia.ca

Toronto Star
One Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5E 1E6
Email: lettertoed@thestar.ca
Fax: 416-869-4322

Hamilton Spectator
44 Frid Street,
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 3G3
Email: letters@thespec.com
Fax: 905-526-3558

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal
75 S. Cumberland St.,
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 1A3
Letters: Online Submission
Fax: 807-343-9409

Kitchener-Waterloo Record
160 King Street East,
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 4E5
Email: letters@therecord.com
Fax: 519-894-3829

London Free Press
369 York Street,
London, Ontario
N6B 3R4
Email: letters@lfpress.com
Fax: 519-667-4528
National Post
1450 Don Mills Road, Suite 300,
Don Mills, Ontario
M3B 3R5
Letters: Online submission

Ottawa Sun
P.O. Box 9729, Stn. T,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 5H7
Email: ottsun.oped@sunmedia.ca
Fax: 613-739-8041

Kingston Whig-Standard
6 Cataraqui St.
P.O. Box 2300,
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 4Z7
Letters: Online submission

Sudbury Star
33 MacKenzie St.,
Sudbury, Ontario
P3C 4Y1
Letters: Online Submission
Fax: 705-674-6834

North Bay Nugget
259 Worthington West,
North Bay, Ontario
P1B 3B5
Letters: Online Submission
Fax: 705-472-1438

St. Catharines Standard
17 Queen St.,
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 5G5
Letters: Online Submission
Fax: 905-684-6032
The Globe and Mail
444 Front Street West,
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2S9
Email: letters@globeandmail.com

Ottawa Citizen
1101 Baxter Road,
Box 5020, Ottawa, Ontario
K2C 3M4
Email: letters@thecitizen.canwest.com
Fax: 613-726-5858

Windsor Star
167 Ferry Street,
Windsor, Ontario
N9A 4M5
Email: letters@thestar.canwest.com
Fax: 519-255-5515

Timmins Daily Press
187 Cedar South,
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 7G1
Letters: Online Submission
Fax: 705-268-7373

Peterborough Examiner
730 The Kingsway,
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 8L4
Letters: Online Submission
Fax: 705-743-4581

Sarnia Observer
140 S. Front St.,
Sarnia, Ontario
N7T 7M8
Letters: Online Submission
Fax: 519-332-2951