Perry repeats call for HST rebate on electricity

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TIGNISH — Opposition Energy critic Hal Perry says the provincial government could help offset an 11.2 per cent increase in energy rates this coming spring by agreeing to rebate Islanders their harmonized sales tax on electricity.

The HST is set to take affect April 1.

“As the lowest paid province in the country, Islanders cannot afford any further increases to the cost of living,” Perry insisted.

He repeated calls he made during the fall sitting of the legislature for Energy Minister Wes Sheridan to apply excess fees Maritime Electric collected from Islanders over the past two years to a rebate.

“Maritime Electric has indicated this $21 million in overcharges is to be returned to ratepayers,” said Perry. “If this is the case, then it is Sheridan’s responsibility to ensure these funds actually go back to Islanders and a rebate on the HST is an excellent way to do so.”

Arguing government had promised electricity would be HST-exempt, he said the rebate would be a means for government to maintain its commitment.

 

Organizations: Maritime Electric

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  • UPWESTER
    December 18, 2012 - 11:32

    “Maritime Electric has indicated this $21 million in overcharges is to be returned to ratepayers,” said Perry. “If this is the case, then it is Sheridan’s responsibility to ensure these funds actually go back to Islanders and a rebate on the HST is an excellent way to do so.”.. A rebate on HST is not returning the $21 Million in overcharges, it is simply letting Maritime Electric off the hook. Any rebate on HST will come at the cost of Island taxpayers, not Maritime Electric. Don't confuse the two.The $21 Million is owed by Maritime Electric for overbilling and needs to be returned to us. The HST rebate is up to the provincial government, which is the taxpayer. You need to think this through.

  • don
    December 17, 2012 - 11:00

    never happen dizzy has plans for the extra money. he needs to donate a few more million to his friends. and the best part is he can not prove otherwise.

  • Billy
    December 17, 2012 - 09:03

    If your home is heated by electricity, then, as promised and in other provinces, there should be a rebate. However, if your home is heated by oil then why would you get a rebate on electicity also? It is not diffcult to determine if a home is heated by electrcity or oil.

  • John W.A.Curtis
    December 17, 2012 - 07:51

    Electricity should be exempt from HST. HST revenue will be used to pay 450 million dollar pension shortfall for teachers and civil service. let the pension fund go bankrupt

    • PCFred
      December 17, 2012 - 12:47

      And the heads sure gonna spin when they change that gst center to the hst centre. Sure, we got Elton John and Jim Melloncamp, but at what cost?