Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Liberals to Support Harper Sales Tax

Glad to see this. This is how a serious opposition party behaves - it's a good policy, even if it's politically unpopular, so I'm glad to see the Liberals backing it:

OTTAWA - Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said Tuesday his party will support legislation enabling Ontario and British Columbia to harmonize their sales taxes with the federal GST.



  • Too bad he couldn't be consistant. Now maybe you could explain Ujjal Dosanjh and his strange flip-flops on this topic.

    By Blogger ridenrain, at 8:32 p.m.  

  • Re: "This is a good policy"

    That's easy for you to say, after all you live in Alberta, an HST-free zone.

    My analysis is that this is a bad, bad outcome for Liberal across the country and Ignatieff has allowed himself to be neutered on an issue that could have made a world of difference to the Liberals, as being (ostensibly) a party of the people:

    Winners: Harper, Flaherty, CONs, NDP and Bloc. Big Business.

    Losers: Ignatieff Liberal Party and ALL consumers in BC and Ontario

    Brent Fullard

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:03 p.m.  

  • Here I thought MI had already made that decision,
    when he gave McGuinty his word he would let the Canada-Ontario agreement (signed March 2009)stand.

    Three cheers for MI for not breaking his word with 2 Liberal Premiers!!

    By Blogger wilson, at 10:35 p.m.  

  • At the VERY LEAST this should have been a free vote and not an autocratic "whipped vote" on the part of Liberal MPs, like Ujjal Dosanjh, who acknowledges that his constituents "detest" this tax. Like I said before, Ignatieff's support for the HST is bad, bad for the fate of Liberals across the country.

    Liberals openly question Ignatieff's support for HST

    Bill Curry
    Globe and Mail

    Ottawa — From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2009 10:15PM EST Last updated on Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2009 10:16PM EST

    Liberal MPs are publicly challenging Michael Ignatieff's new support for the Harmonized Sales Tax, opening yet another fissure for a party that is faltering in the polls.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:16 p.m.  

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    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 11:29 p.m.  

  • Ujjal Dosanjh and Keith Martin, two of Paul Martin's rent-a-party "Liberals"

    Dosanjh had no problem opposing Harper's GST reductions, and no problem supporting Dion's carbon tax, the "tax-on-everything". What a massive hypocrite!

    McGuinty's Ontario Liberal party is really the Liberal Party's last bastion on which to rebuild the national party, and Paul Martin's mercenary MP's-for-hire (his fake Liberals) want to throw Ontario Liberals under the bus..

    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 11:30 p.m.  

  • Dear Iggy,

    Thanks for the VERY generous early Christmas gift.


    Grateful Dipper.

    By Anonymous Thank you thank you thank you, at 1:22 a.m.  

  • HST is just the latest example of "Government by the Corporations, for the Corporations"

    I guess that is Ignatieff's "principled" position on this issue?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:20 a.m.  

  • Brent:

    CG has been Toronto-based for a while now, but the thing about HST-free Alberta is that the tax rate there is exactly the same as it would be if AB was also adopting the harmonised scheme. (Much the way the ON and BC rates are very nearly exactly the same as they will likely be.)

    By Anonymous shawn, at 10:40 a.m.  

  • If you were elderly living on less than $15,000 a year pension, or a person living on disability payments you would think quite differently me thinks. The issue is not so much harmonization but that items that previously had no PST such as heating fuel, electricity and gasoline as an example, now have tax. Giving us a break on donuts and coffee, yah right...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:00 p.m.  

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