Last month, The Canadian Press's Maria Babbage reported federal Conservative parliamentarians have been "playing down Ottawa's role in convincing Ontario and B.C. to move towards tax harmonization, saying the federal government had nothing to do with the decision even though it's kicking in billions of dollars to ease the transition." And the party's Esquimalt Juan de Fuca candidate Troy DeSouza pushed back even further against the harmonized sales tax in a letter published in The Times Colonist over the weekend. "The HST program was started by the federal Liberals. Yet another tax grab is being made at the worst possible time for small businesses and average citizens."
September 15, 2009