"A newly appointed independent panel will report to British Columbians on a fact-based analysis of the implications of keeping the HST or returning to the PST and GST sales tax system, Parliamentary Secretary for HST Information John Les and Finance Minister Colin Hansen announced today. . ."Independent, eh? Well, how does the dictionary deal with the word INDEPENDENT:
"not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, not subject to another's authority or jurisdiction, not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc."The Globe and Mail's Robert Matas was clearly sceptical about matters of independence when he wrote,
". . . reports this week of confidential contracts for consultants with links to the Liberal government raise questions about the panel’s independence.Sean Holman at Public Eye also reported on partisan Liberal connections to the HST Information Office and the "Independent Panel."
". . . hiring consultants linked to the government muddied the waters. . . "
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