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Why Transit Tax Rejection is a Victory for Retailers


The Retail Council of Canada says the rejection by Metro Vancouver plebiscite voters of a tax increase to pay for expanded transportation infrastructure is a “victory for the position taken by the majority of retailers.” There are no local or regional sales taxes in Canada, RCC noted, and “voters have set an important precedent against a third sales tax.” The council said while it favours improvements to transportation infrastructure, “which bring our goods, customers and employees to our stores,” it prefers a model where users of roads and transportation pay for construction and maintenance of those projects.