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Federal Conservative MPs Distance Themselves From HST

August 20, 2009

One of the things that the Conservative government has been touting during its reign in Ottawa is improving inter-provincial/federal integration of the Canadian economy by encouraging the “removal of inter-provincial trade barriers“, the creation of a national securities regulator, and the harmonization of sales taxes.

It’s peculiar, then, when Conservatives MPs from both Ontario and BC are trying to distance themselves from the unpopular implementation of a HST.

In Ontario, Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound’s Conservative MP Larry Miller wrote this in an opinion piece in a local newspaper:

“First, I want to make it clear that this was a change initiated by the province of Ontario and was not a decision made by the federal government in any way.”

On the other side of the country, in Cariboo—Prince George, the local newspaper contacted Conservative MP Dick Harris, for comment on the issue:

Bringing a harmonized sales tax to B.C. isn’t the federal Conservatives idea, Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris is emphasizing.

Wait! It gets better. After saying that, Harris pulls out the “blame the old government that isn’t in power anymore” card and claims that the Conservatives are only following the lead of legislation set out by the Chrétien-era Liberals.

Considering how similar that these two MPs responses are in regards to this issue, the question remains: Does the Conservative party have a split in Caucus on this issue, or are the Conservatives reversing course and running away from a position that is now unpopular?

  1. August 20, 2009 at 8:45 am

    It wasn’t a federal Conservative idea? That’s pretty rich. That’s why they gave Ontario 4 billion to switch and BC is getting 1.5 billion federal dollars to do it.

    When was the last time the Conservatives spent money they didn’t want to?

  2. August 20, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Oh i remember now when the Con’s spent money they didn’t want too. To bring back the poor fellow left in the Canadian embassy for over a year!

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