VANCOUVER - B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell fell on his political sword Wednesday, expressing hope that his resignation will refocus attention on his government's economic performance and away from the hated harmonized sales tax that was his undoing...In Ottawa, opposition MPs quickly blamed the Conservative government for Campbell's demise and suggested the Tories will pay the same price at the polls. "Everybody knows the premier of British Columbia just resigned because of the failure of the HST that was a fiasco caused by the Prime Minister and by the Minister of Finance," NDP MP Libby Davies said in Question Period.
The premier and his government had been dogged by continued anger over his decision to introduce the HST shortly after winning re-election in 2009. In fact, anger at Campbell was expressed even in the Commons on Wednesday, with Vancouver East NDP MP Libby Davies rubbing the HST in the premier's face. "This is one of those core fundamental issues about voter trust and democracy, and it's hitting the people of B.C. very hard, and that's why Gordon Campbell's paying a price, and it's why the Conservatives will pay a price, too," she said.