Libby seeks accountability for the BC HST

House of Commons
November 3, 2010

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, the premier of B.C. just stepped down because of the failed HST, but we all know that the HST was imposed by the Conservative government.

I want to ask the Prime Minister, when will his government listen to the people of B.C. and take responsibility for their failure on the HST?

Hon. Jim Flaherty (Minister of Finance, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, provincial taxation is, of course, a provincial responsibility and the decisions are taken by the provinces themselves.

Some of the Atlantic provinces took a decision, 12, 13 years ago, on that subject, and Ontario and British Columbia more recently.

These are choices for the provincial governments themselves.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, it is way too late for that kind of line.

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.

The question is very straightforward.

Are they willing to take responsibility and admit that they, too, failed the people of British Columbia?

Hon. John Baird (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, we wish Premier Gordon Campbell well in his retirement…