The following was e-mailed to me and it deserves looking into.
The hated HST put Stephen Harper in hot water today, and his attempts to distance himself from the tax are only making things worse, says New Democrat MP Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster).
Harper told reporters this morning “I want to be clear, I don't want to get involved in this issue.”
At the same time he admitted that BC would be required to repay the $1.6 billion HST transfer payment if British Columbians reject the tax in June’s referendum.
“Mr. Harper says he doesn’t want to get involved, yet he’s holding a $1.6 billion dollar hammer over the heads of British Columbians,” said Julian. “His attempts to distance himself from the HST are falling flat, and that’s why he’s going to lose seats to the NDP in BC.”
Julian noted that the HST came about after Harper approached Gordon Campbell in the first place.
“Mr. Harper worked with Gordon Campbell to impose the HST on BC, he sweetened the deal with a $1.6 billion transfer payment, he rammed the tax through Parliament – and every single one of his BC MPs went along with it,” said Julian.
“Now Mr. Harper is struggling to pretend he had nothing to do with it, but it’s not working. The Conservatives are tripping all over themselves on this issue,” said Julian.
Julian also noted that federal Liberal MPs from BC are also in hot water because they voted for the HST.
“That’s why Mr. Harper acknowledged today that the race in BC is between Conservatives and New Democrats,” said Julian. “British Columbians feel betrayed by both the Conservatives and the Liberals.”
Earlier in the campaign, Jack Layton committed to British Columbians he would not force BC to repay the $1.6 billion back if the tax is rejected in June’s referendum.
So, the way I see it.
First Harper lied to the people when he said he wouldn't get involved then immediately threatened us by saying we'd have to give back the money (1.6 Billion). That statement alone tells me that he is going to rob us of $235 Million. Why? Because that was the amount o the gift/bribe/seed money that he GAVE the province for taking the deal.
Next Iggy has told us that he may raise the GST. That tax is part of the HST in BC. So up goes a tax that we cannot already afford. By the way we have no recourse in BC with the HST if any Federal Government wants to raise our taxes. Gordon Campbell (the best person to anage our money) sealed that fate by forcing this tax on us.
Finally, Jack Layton will not penalize us for reversing this money grab.
I know who I'm voting for. Do you?