Gordon Muir Campbell, better known as the white haired Prevaricator-in-Chief is experiencing a spike in popularity from Grande Prairie, Alberta to Port Angeles, Washington. Unfortunately, the for the creep from Point Grey this surge in popularity is conspicuously absent almost everywhere in between these two locations.
Merchants everywhere in western Alberta and northern Washington State are hiring extra staff to prepare for the rise in business coming as of July the First when the stubbornly and sneakily imposed Hey Sucka Tax takes effect as yet another assault by this government on the victims of almost a decade of Campbell Crime Family rule. For those close enough to Alberta shopping in the province with only the HST has always been popular. On any high priced items, like say a new computer system or appliance, the gas to shop next door is a small price to pay for the tax savings and the satisfaction of keeping that money from the grasping hands of Colin Hansen and company.
When it comes to shopping in Spokane or Bellingham, the attractiveness is about to get even more so. Anytime the Canadian dollar is anywhere near par, the prices alone have made shopping stateside attractive. Thanks to Gordo and gang, now it gets even better as after July 1, BC shoppers will have the added incentive of being exempt from the Washington State sales taxes which range from 7% to almost 10% depending on the county. These snow "early" bird shoppers may have to tolerate pot holes as the hit to revenues in jurisdictions like Whatcom county take a 15% to 20% hit, thanks to the loss of tax revenue from such a large segment of their market. However for those willing to take it easy to spare their shocks the savings in money will be worth the extra time to drive a little slower.
There is one area in BC where the womanizing sleaze will perhaps gain some support - the north side of the Fraser from Hope into the Big Smoke. Merchants and resturanteurs in Agassiz, Harrison Mills and Mission are likely to see an increase in tourist traffic as folks from the vast hurtland enjoy the mellow secondary highway and avoid the outrageous tolls on Gordo's shiny new bridges. Even PEI with its new Confederation Bridge (with tolls one way only) can't hope to match the cost imposed by Gordo the Greedy and Admiral Hahn on folks using the Trans-Canada to reach the capital of the Province - Victoria. By the time a poor country mouse arrives in Vicky Town his wallet will already have been drained by these sorry excuses for leadership.
The CEO of Washington State Ferries earns approximately a fifth of the income that Admiral Hahn pulls down for providing less service to fewer people for higher fares with the formerly public owned BC Ferries. Actually the CEO for Washington State ferries earns even less than Lara Dauphinee, but then his job most likely doesn't involve having to perform quite as disgusting of duties.
For someone heading to Victoria from say Nelson, it might be more enjoyable and much cheaper to head to Spokane and then take the Interstate to Seattle. With the money saved by burning cheaper US Gas and avoiding bridge troll tolls and a straighter less mountainous/faster highway, they could then enjoy a drive on the Olympic Penninsula, catch the boat from Port Angeles and arrive in Victoria with enough money left to have high tea at the Empress or tour the beautiful Buchart Gardens.
Hell, the next thing you know they'll be carving Gordo's likeness, ala Mt. Rushmore, on Mount Ranier! (Of course BC residents will line up to apply graffiti)