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NEWS RELEASE · 31st March 2010
BC Liberal Goverment Caucus
NDP leader Carole James is again showing a total lack of leadership by refusing to take a position on whether or not her party would cancel the HST and destroy the jobs and investment it will create.

“Carole James is leading a campaign of misinformation against the HST but under pressure from reporters has consistently refused to take a clear position on whether she would cancel the HST if elected,” says Finance Minister Colin Hansen. “The HST is expected to attract $11 billion in new investment and create more than 110,000 new jobs. On a policy fundamental to the economic future of our province, British Columbians deserve to know where Carole James stands. It’s time for Carole James to show some leadership and take a clear position on the HST: will her party keep the HST or scrap it if elected?”

Hansen was responding to James comments where, when repeatedly pressed by reporters, she said her party would “look at everything from renegotiating to scrapping it, to lowering the tax.” However, she steadfastly refused to take a definitive stand on whether her party would eliminate the HST.

The NDP have a long record of failing to support measures that create jobs and continue to promote job killing policies:

• The NDP have opposed and voted against more than 120 tax cuts.
• The NDP have opposed and voted against every income tax reduction.
• The NDP oppose clean power projects - even wind power.
• The NDP continue to advocate increasing taxes.
• Carole James has specifically called for a $150 million tax increase on major employers.
• The NDP voted against the carbon tax, which made British Columbia a leader in the fight against climate change.

"It’s clear the NDP’s economic schemes are job killers and it is reckless for Carole James to oppose measures that mean more jobs in our province,” says Hansen. “The HST will make British Columbia’s economy stronger, attract investment and create jobs. We’re for those jobs, we’re for that investment and it’s time for Carole James to take a clear stand – she’s either for the HST and for the jobs it will create or she’s against it and her party would eliminate the HST and eliminate those jobs.”
Corrrection
Comment by Jim Ippel on 5th April 2010
In my previous post I said GST, where I meant to say HST
I apologize for the stupidity of my fingers, by now you would think they can differentiate between a G & an H, even if they are side by each.
Having humbled myself, please Ms. James, take a stand and let the unimformed and unwashed know what your stance is on the HST.
Take a Stand, please.
Comment by Jim Ippel on 4th April 2010
I have been following Question Period in the BC Legislature, and have been getting mixed messages from the NDP. One MLA states that an NDP Gov't will abolish the GST, the next stands up and says it will continue with the GST, and the third is rather wishywashy, not committing either way.
After hearing all this, Carol James sits there with a blank look on her face, and has not made an emphatic statement as to the NDP position on the tax.
Please, Ms James, what is your position on this tax? A firm committment will certainly help voter decision in the next election.
Skewed POV
Comment by Carrie La Porte on 2nd April 2010
This would be more in the true spirit of responsible journalese if this posted a link to Carole James' web site which refutes some of the key points in this, most particularly on the HST.

htttp://www.bcndp.ca
James may not be that misguided
Comment by Carrie La Porte on 1st April 2010
If we were to return to the economical practices of Tommy Douglas then we would have no need to keep raiing taxes. The HST will further burden low-income individuals, such as many seniotrs and persons with disabilities, working-poor families, and students, non of whom can afford to pay yet more taxes, while the rich get richer, tahnks to corporate tax write-offs. Why not have corporations pay a more equitable tax and put that money against our deficit? Why not take our money back from the money lenders before we are drawn into an irrevocable vortex of inflation?

I recently said this to Nathan Cullen; "We, the electorate, need to unify in forcing a reduction in the government's role of providing public capital to, and allocating that capital among, private borrowers, which serves to enrich private interests, while impoverishing the the public. If you could assist in this goal then there would be no need to cut funding to our social programs."
Is this the best they can come up with?
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 1st April 2010
• The NDP have opposed and voted against more than 120 tax cuts. - Most of which favoured corporations and the affluent.

• 'The NDP have opposed and voted against every income tax reduction. ' - The Province would be in much better financial shape if the Liberals hadn't been so desperate to look good by lowering taxes.

• 'The NDP oppose clean power projects - even wind power.' - And they were right to do so when the Liberals gave sweetheart deals to IPPs, for power, ensuring that B.C. taxpayers will pay through the nose for their own resource. Not to mention that the Utilities Commission opposed most of these deals also.

• 'The NDP continue to advocate increasing taxes.' - It's better than the HST which shifts costs from affluent corporations to the end-user, the taxpayer.

• 'Carole James has specifically called for a $150 million tax increase on major employers.' - Which will only re-enact the tax that the Liberals excused on companies making exhorbitant profits (even during a recession). ie: $100 million savings for banks, $10 million savings on luxury vehicle purchases.

• 'The NDP voted against the carbon tax, which made British Columbia a leader in the fight against climate change.' - Of which was simply a tax grab as all monies collected went into government coffers rather than environmental concerns. How can a province that exuberantly promotes oil and gas exploration be a leader in fighting climate change?