Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, what the minister is not saying is that the government is running scared from the HST. In fact, the Prime Minister has flown halfway around the world in order to distance himself from his own legislation.
Just as much as they hate this tax shift, the people of B.C. are also tired of the government playing fast and loose with the HST. They are tired of the procedural games and the ducking of responsibility.
If the government is so certain of the positive effects of the HST, why is it running from this debate?
Hon. James Moore (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, we do not run from our record on taxes. We are proud to stand up as the party that always lowers taxes.
This government ran on a very clear and precise platform that we would lower taxes for Canadians, and we have delivered every single time.
There was a time, when we dealt with sales taxes, that the Liberals said they were going to scrap, kill and abolish the GST. We said we would lower the GST, and we delivered.
We were elected because Canadians know that the opposition cannot be trusted on taxes. We were re-elected because we deliver low taxes for Canadians.