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Edmund Burke

2009-12-09

Is the HST the Harper Sales Tax?

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The Harmonized Sales Tax Bill easily passed through the House of Commons by a vote of 253 to 37 with the support of the Conservatives, the Liberals, and the Bloc Quebecois. The NDP was the only political party to oppose the bill. The HST Bill, which was requested by the Liberal provincial governments in both British Columbia and Ontario, is championed by most economists who say that it will benefit the economy. The New Democrats claim it shifts the tax burden from corporations to tax payers. Somewhat similar to the GST introduced by Prime Minister Mulroney, it has proven very unpopular in both provinces with especially fierce resistance against it in British Columbia. So much so that British Columbia MPs Donna Cadman of the Conservative Party and Keith Martin of the Liberal Party abstained from voting on the bill despite the fact that it was a whipped vote in both parties. Despite being a very unpopular measure, so far there is no indication that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are paying the price in pubic support for passing federal legislation allowing HST legislation in British Columbia and Ontario.

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Parliament approves HST for B.C., Ontario

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