Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, like or not, last night the Prime Minister was outed.
Premier Campbell said it was the Conservatives who forced B.C. to ram through the HST without any consultations.
The Conservatives will not admit the HST was their agenda. They have been misleading their constituents. Now they are refusing to call a by-election in Prince George because they are too scared to face the people of B.C.
When will they finally admit responsibility for the HST and when will they let the people of Prince George—Peace River have their say.
Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, when all else fails, the NDP can just make it up, which is what that question is.
The decision on these issues relating to the GST are for the provinces to make. The Province of British Columbia made a decision. It is up to that government about what it wants to do with respect to the HST.
The decision of this government was to reduce the federal sales tax, the GST, by two full percentage points.