Meanwhile, the B.C. New Democrats have accused the Liberal government of bringing in the new tax without consulting with affected groups such as the tourism and restaurant industries.
Campbell and his party even dismissed the idea of a harmonized sales tax during the recent provincial election, according to NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston.
“This sudden reversal caught consumers and many small businesses by surprise. During the campaign, the B.C. Liberals said they were opposed to the HST,” Ralston said in a statement released Friday morning.
The NDP estimated the new tax could cost the average restaurant $50,000 a year in lost sales.
A number of items will still be exempt from the PST portion of the new tax: gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles, books, children’s clothing and footwear, children’s car seats and car booster seats, diapers and feminine hygiene products.