Libby asks the Conservatives to take responsibility for BC HST

House of Commons
November 4, 2010

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, for over a year the government ducked, weaved and hid behind the premier of B.C. over its role in the HST, but with Gordon Campbell’s resignation the Conservatives have nowhere left to hide.

We know the HST is part of the Conservative agenda. We know it was the Conservatives who forced it on a premier desperate for cash.

It takes two to tango and this dance is clearly over.

When will the government listen to the people of B.C. and take responsibility for its failure on the HST?

Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC) :
There the hon. member goes again, Mr. Speaker, just making it up.

Provincial taxation is a provincial responsibility. Recently two provincial governments decided to move to a harmonized value-added tax. One of them was British Columbia. That is a decision that the provinces are entitled to make if they choose to make the decision and one that they follow through on.

In terms of HST on various services, as I have said before, there has been no change in the treatment of the federal sales tax, the GST.