QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 2 /CNW/ - As the House of Commons prepares to vote on federal legislation to implement sales tax reform in Ontario, Tim Hudak's house of cards is quickly falling down.
Hudak can't count on his old friends from the Harris years to help him now. Even Mike Harris himself supports tax harmonization. And federal Conservatives are publicly debunking Hudak's myths:
- "As Conservatives, we're supportive of a combined tax. It's not a tax
grab... That is a misnomer to mislead the public to get them excited
about something that's not accurate." Mike Wallace (MP, Burlington)
October 12, 2009 - The Hill Times.
- "It's a massive tax reduction for those that employ Ontarians, for
those that drive the Ontario economy. It's a politically courageous
decision." Dean Del Mastro (MP, Peterborough) March 27, 2009 -
- "Filing one corporate tax return will immediately reduce the paperwork
burden for Ontario businesses. Ontario companies of all sizes will
benefit from one set of rules, one point of contact, and one tax
return. By reducing the time and money Ontario businesses spend on
meeting their tax obligations, government is allowing businesses more
time to focus on growth and development." Gordon O'Connor (MP,
Carleton-Mississippi Mills) May 2, 2008 - Marketwire.
Mere months ago, Tim Hudak and his caucus supported tax cuts and tax harmonization. And now Hudak won't commit to undoing a single tax change, hasn't expressed his phoney outrage to his Ottawa cousins, and can't control his own caucus.
"We have a plan to cut taxes for Ontario families and create 600,000 jobs. Tim Hudak has no plan to help families, no plan for new jobs. We're starting to wonder if he even has a plan for the rest of this week," said Liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi (Ottawa-Centre).
SOURCE Liberal Caucus Service Bureau
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