Lessons from history apply to HST today


France’s King Louis XIV’s finance minister, Jean Baptiste Colbert, said, “The art of taxation consists as so plucking the goose as to get the most amount of feathers with the least amount of hissing.”

True then, true now.

When all the hissing has died down, voters should consider that of all taxes the HST is the most efficient and the fairest because the rich pay more and the poor pay less. As a teacher once told me, “Efficiency will always triumph in the end.”

True then, true now.

Lloyd Davies