NDP Leader Vows To Continue Fight Against HST
VICTORIA— New Democrat leader Carole James is vowing to continue the fight to stop the HST in the wake of a House of Commons vote on the new tax regime.
“Today the federal government passed a motion to move forward on the HST. But that won’t stop the New Democrats from opposing it every step of the way,” said James.
“We will take every opportunity to fight the HST. We will stand up for consumers, small businesses and families that will be punished by this regressive tax. And we will keep up the pressure on the B.C. Liberal MLAs to stand with us to oppose this tax.”
James said that despite today’s federal vote, B.C. can still pull out of the HST.
“The B.C. Liberals can get out of this agreement right up until the day they receive their first cash payment from Ottawa in the spring,” said James. “There’s still time for them to do the right thing and stop the HST.”
James added that a poll released today by the B.C. Restaurant and Food Services Association shows that B.C.’s opposition to the HST continues to grow.
“It’s another example of what we already know: that an overwhelming majority of British Columbians oppose this tax, which will hurt small businesses and working people,” said James.