Libby speaking out against HST

HST and Home Heating

Question Period
House of Commons

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) : Mr. Speaker, another cold winter is coming and times are tight. The Conservatives have decided to hit Canadians where it hurts the most by imposing the HST on home heating.

This country is struggling to emerge from the recession. The last thing Canadians want to see is higher home heating bills. That is why the NDP leader has proposed something to make life more affordable for Canadians.

Will the government agree to implement this practical plan and take the federal sales tax off home heating?

Hon. John Baird (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC) : Mr. Speaker, it is our government that has a plan to create jobs across. That plan is all based on low taxes.

We have seen the benefit of those low taxes over the last four and a half years, the creation of some 400,000 jobs in the last 16 months. That is good news for Canadian families.

The difference between us and the NDP members is we actually believe cutting taxes is a good thing and they and their coalition partners absolutely believe that taxes are not high enough and they are going to take a bigger bite out of the family budget and we think that is wrong.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) : Mr. Speaker, please note that the member directly avoids the issue of the HST.

The fact is families are already feeling squeezed and soaring home heating costs can only mean that things will get worse for them.

What kind of Canadian leader does not get that?

Why are the Conservatives giving more tax breaks to the big polluters while getting rid of programs to help people retrofit their homes?

Why will they not choose to help ordinary Canadians by reinstating the eco-energy program instead of hiking the sales tax on home heating?

Why won’t they choose to help ordinary Canadians, by reinstating the ecoENERGY program, instead of hiking sales tax on home heating?