I was in Nova Scotia for the Canadian Bar Association convention in Halifax. I could have stayed an extra few days to enjoy the scenery and experience a "vacation". However, after days of seeing 15% HST charged on my bills, I decided to go home to Ontario. I admit it, I was turned off by the higher HST rate. I knew that many goods and services are less expensive in Nova Scotia, the higher tax rate still affected my decision - rightly or wrongly.
I went into the Baton Rouge restaurant on a Monday night at 8:30 PM and it was virtually empty. It was almost empty on a nice night in the summer. This is a symptom of a bigger problem.
When I purchased goods in Nova Scotia, it bought things that I could not find in Ontario. I bought super seven crystal (and other hard to find crystals) at Little Mysteries bookstore. I bought a Buddha Board (I love this purchase) at a neat little store on Grafton. I did not buy clothes or goods that could be purchased at home.
Why am I writing this on my blog? Someone needs to provide evidence that the higher HST rate affects decisions. Nova Scotians commented to me that the economy is struggling in Nova Scotia and the recent times have been difficult for people.
Nova Scotians - please provide comments so that your storied (good and bad) are available for your elected representatives to read. Please use clean language as I do not publish words that I would not say to my Grandmother.