The latest Conservative to try to hide from his government’s role as Harmonized Sales Taxes enabler is Blogging Tory poobah Stephen Taylor, who outrageously goes after Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh for making the point that the Conservatives, try as they might, can’t run and hide from their role in the HST or, if you prefer, the Harper Sales Tax.
Here’s the 10 per-center about the HST that has Taylor all riled-up:
Ujjal Flyer 2009
It’s all lies, says Taylor. Scandalous lies, oh, the humanity, and what not!
Dosanjh is fabricating by telling his constituents by blaming the unpopular tax on his main threat: the federal Conservatives.
Where are the lies, Stephen? It all looks pretty factual to me. (BTW, I love the irony of a Conservative complaining about lies in a 10 per center)
Let me put it this way: if the HST were a drug, BC would be the user, and the federal Conservatives the drug dealer.
The Conservatives can’t run and hide from their role in the HST, no matter how hard Taylor and much of the Conservative caucus might try. Not when their finance minister has been pushing the product for years…
"First of all, the decision to harmonize the GST and PST has to be that of the provincial government," (Jim Flaherty) said....including in the budget...
"I realize that this is challenging for provincial leaders, but I have no doubt in my mind that it's good long-term economic policy for our country.
Provincial sales tax harmonization is the single most important step provinces with RSTs could take to improve the competitiveness of Canadian businesses.… and been offering any takers BILLIONS of dollars in incentives if they buy in.
How can the federal government say to provinces “we want you to harmonize your provincial sales tax with our GST, we’ll collect and administer the tax and send you your cut, and here’s a billion dollars and change to help with the transition” and then have its members and supporters claim they had nothing to do with it? It’s laughable.
If this is nothing to do with the federal Conservatives, why are they cutting the $1.6 billion cheque to grease the wheels?
Now, no one is saying the provincial governments aren’t responsible as well. While the lure of billions of federal dollars in the middle of a recession is strong, they are responsible too. But the Conservatives are the pushers here, and you can’t pretend otherwise. And to try to hide that is the real lie, Mr. Taylor.
To try to end on a more constructive note, Liberal MP Keith Martin wrote a recent op/ed with some thoughts on the HST matter. He notes that Harper and Flaherty pushing tax harmonization during a recession is irresponsible, and offers suggestions on how the province and the federal government can work together to implement it more responsibly. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers