The recent opinion in your paper suspiciously reflects the thoughts of West Van and other monied strongholds.
B.C. business seems to have overlooked the symbiotic relationship between buyer and seller. If you over tax your customer, reducing the discretionary spending resources of the customer, you lose business. Your customer has no money to spend.
The massive reduction in the B.C. middle classes over the last 20 years, or so, also illustrates this. Since the HST was really just a poorly disguised money generator to off-set the Olympic short-falls, the people who voted the idea in( Vancouver area) should pay for the party. There are no Olympic venues in the interior of B.C. as well as no cash benefits to any B.C. communities outside of the Games sites.
The 18 month roll back period is a punishment for voting against the Liberals.
The tax switch could be done in 60 to 90 days and if not it illustrates the incompetence of the Liberal caucus. As far as the filing system goes, the streamlined changes needed to help out the poor struggling businessman in B.C. could be accomplished in the same time frame if all levels of government involved were really interested in being helpful.
Thankfully the middle income voter (few that are left) took a stand against a bullying government with many secret agendas. Now on to an election, hopefully an honest one.