The NDP: don’t let them tell you it can’t be done

From December 2nd, 2009,

Hon. Jack Layton (Toronto—Danforth, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, honesty is the best policy. That applies to the HST, even though the Conservatives are blaming the provinces. With the help of the Liberal Party and the Bloc Québécois, the Conservatives are going to raise taxes on heating fuel, which will hurt people in northern Ontario and elsewhere.

How, in good conscience, can those people vote to increase families’ heating costs next winter? How can they do that?

Hon. John Baird (Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, getting a lecture from the NDP with respect to taxes is quite something. I never thought I would live this long to hear it.

This is the government that brought forward major tax reductions for Canadian families, major tax reductions for small businesses, major tax reductions with respect to the GST. Every single time the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance tried to cut taxes, they faced the wholehearted opposition of the NDP and leader of the NDP who wanted to keep the GST at 7%. The only problem the NDP has with the HST is that it is not 2% higher.

April 6th, 2010:

NDP hikes HST to 15%

…effective July 1st, [Nova Scotia] will raise the HST on most other things by two points to 15 percent, the highest combined sales tax in the country.

April 6th-Present day

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— Jack Layton

Comments

comments

  • calgaryjunkie

    LOL. Good catch, Steve.

    Jack is lucky that he leads the fourth party, with zero chance of forming government, and so the media doesn't challenge him on much of anything. It's pretty obvious that the NDP in BC would keep any HST inreases in place, should they ever form government there.

  • Observant

    Opposition to the point of contradiction.

  • east of eden

    I will say one thing, though: I am furious that our party is in cahoots with Dalton to raise our cost of living even higher. Dalton is taxing us to death and our own party is helping him tax us even more. We will not pay PST on things like heating fuel and electricity – thanks to our own party. I am not a happy Conservative over that, let me tell you.

  • wilson

    There's always the resurrection of the coalition of losers to be wary of.
    Gawd……..just imagine the mess we'd be in

  • JG

    Home heating costs are exempt from the provincial portion of HST in Nova Scotia. See here: http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/business/your

    (I imagine that the exact numbers will change to reflect the increased HST rate.)

  • M Street

    Well this made my morning nothing like waking up, reading your blog, and laughing whole heartedly.

    Thanks

  • http://canadiansense.blogspot.com/ Canadiansense

    As a great thinker once said….

    How is that Hope & Change thing working out for you?

  • jon

    Layton has no credibility on the issue of taxes. He campaigned to “roll back” (“increase” by any other name) $50 billion in corporate tax cuts, making it the centerpiece of his platform in the last election, slagging not only the Conservatives but the Liberals too with what he called their “corporate tax giveaway”, and saying that Canadians' hard earned tax dollars shouldn't go to supporting big banks among others… Then with the stroke of a pen he takes it completely off the table to form a coalition with the Liberals.

  • Liz J

    Well, don't know about the coalition anymore, Iffy has been dissing the Bloc so he may have to grovel a bit harder if he hopes to have their support to take down the government. Grovelling with a party with separation on it's agenda doesn't bode well for the country.

    Iffy isn't acting too swift in the thinking things through department before he puts forth his opinions.

    His remarks on former Conservative MP Jaffer's behaviour and the Guergis happenings are really not exactly what one would expect to hear from a clever Opposition “Leader” either, but that's another story.

  • jon

    Layton has no credibility on the issue of taxes. He campaigned to “roll back” (“increase” by any other name) $50 billion in corporate tax cuts, making it the centerpiece of his platform in the last election, slagging not only the Conservatives but the Liberals too with what he called their “corporate tax giveaway”, and saying that Canadians' hard earned tax dollars shouldn't go to supporting big banks among others… Then with the stroke of a pen he takes it completely off the table to form a coalition with the Liberals.

  • Liz J

    Well, don't know about the coalition anymore, Iffy has been dissing the Bloc so he may have to grovel a bit harder if he hopes to have their support to take down the government. Grovelling with a party with separation on it's agenda doesn't bode well for the country.

    Iffy isn't acting too swift in the thinking things through department before he puts forth his opinions.

    His remarks on former Conservative MP Jaffer's behaviour and the Guergis happenings are really not exactly what one would expect to hear from a clever Opposition “Leader” either, but that's another story.