| Dear Customer,
This is the year of GST. You will see reminders throughout the
catalogue that our prices will be changing on January 1, 1991.
Despite what you hear or suspect about price levels, the impact
will not be felt on most of our products.
For about 75% of the items in this catalogue, you will pay about
the same on January 2nd as you did on December 31st. Of the other
25%, some will go down less than the amount of the GST (therefore
they will cost more) and others, books in particular, will cost
you 7% more because they are not taxable now but become taxable
when the GST replaces the current federal sales tax.
This is one of the biggest tax changes in our history. Unfortunately,
politicians generally are not making it a smooth implementation.
The federal government is pretending that initial regulations
are perfect. They aren't, of course, because they were developed
without consulting the afflicted.
The provincial premiers are pretending that they don't have to
be involved. They will succumb one by one until we see co-ordination
of GST and provincial sales tax in most provinces by the spring
It could have been so much easier if we had more statesmen and
On a more positive note, as the cold weather approaches, our
woodworking shops make the winter more bearable, even enjoyable.
In my own case, I don't even have to design any new woodworking
projects. I have all the leftover ones from last year that didn't
Good health to all.
Leonard G. Lee
P.S. The blue dots (like this )
throughout the catalogue indicate product new to this catalogue.