HST and the Deficit

House of Commons
Question Period

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, now those seniors are being hit by the HST and the minister does not want to answer that. Three months after British Columbians rejected the Conservative Campbell HST, the finance minister finally admits it is harming the economy, increasing the deficit, and contributing to a drop in the GDP. The uncertainty surrounding the future of this tax is further harming B.C.’s economic recovery.

Will the government at least suspend the HST until the voters of B.C. can have their say in a referendum? Why will the government not listen to the people of British Columbia?

Mr. Ted Menzies (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as all hon. members in this House know, that was a decision taken by the provincial governments in British Columbia and Ontario. I would encourage that hon. member to go back and speak to her colleagues in their legislature.

I have to once again remind hon. members of my recurring nightmare and that is what happened on Wednesday evening when I saw all of those in opposition stand up and vote to increase EI premiums for those who can least afford it. We are trying to create jobs. They are trying to kill them.