Ignatieff used his media availability Friday to denounce the federal government's treatment of the provinces over the harmonized sales tax, or what he calls the "Harper sales tax."Stockwell Day clumsily responded to Ignatieff, overtly playing the Conservative hand, showing that yes they are indeed trying to make political hay out of their own HST policy:
He said the government has pushed the HST across the country during a recession and then has distanced itself when opposition to the tax heats up.
"And we think that's dishonest. They're fully implicated in this decision and they should take responsibility for it."
Ignatieff said Stephen Harper is pretending it's a provincial matter for both British Columbia and Ontario, yet the federal government will be the collector of the tax.
"This was clearly a decision made by the B.C. provincial government," Day said in a news release. "We are offering support to British Columbia to assist with transition and winding down of its retail sales tax, as has been done by other provinces."They're neck deep in the "Harper sales tax," and to protest otherwise is just not credible. Sounds like the Conservatives are very worried about their B.C. fortunes.