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NEWS RELEASE · 5th April 2011
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Senior Conservative strategist calls HST referendum "unnecessary"

An unprecedented referendum vote on the HST demanded by British Columbians is an "unnecessary" boondoggle according to senior Conservative strategist Colin Metcalfe. Not because Stephen Harper and Gordon Campbell could have avoided it all by listening to British Columbians in the first place, but because, according to Metcalfe, "the HST is right for British Columbians."

Metcalfe's comments were made on the Mike Smyth Show on CKNW yesterday afternoon during the War Room Panel with representatives from each campaign in BC.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Conservatives are out of touch and way off message on the HST—perhaps because there is no defensible message for betraying the trust of British Columbians.

Here's the best of the Harper Conservatives (so far) on the HST:

"[the referendum] is unnecessary, you're right, because I think the HST is right for British Columbians." Conservative strategist Colin Metcalfe when challenged on why the Harper Conservatives didn't just listen to British Columbians in the first place before imposing the HST (CKNW: April 4, 2011).

"I think it's good for business... after just about one year, some people may think it's not having a huge effect on my expense... so I really don't know. Haven't made up my mind." Conservative candidate in Burnaby-Douglas Ronald Leung on whether he supports the HST (CPAC: April 1, 2011).

"I wanted to show my support for my constituents, but I could not see standing up and voting outwardly no to my party." Conservative candidate in Surrey North Dona Cadman on why she broke her promise to her constituents to vote against the HST (Globe and Mail: March 29, 2011).

Meanwhile, the Liberal Communications Director on the War Room Panel sat silently and prayed no one mentioned the Ignatieff Liberals' vote in favour of the HST.
So went Mr. Campbell
Comment by Maureen on 5th April 2011
'Not necessary' was the same attitude that lead to the imposition of the tax - and the expulsion of Mr. Campbell. Perhaps a return of the conservatives to power is 'not necessary' as well.
What's right for Bristish Columbians?
Comment by FayEllen McFarlane on 5th April 2011
What makes Colin Metcalfe an authority on what is right for British Columbians?
Dona Cadman has NO backbone! She can expect that her constituents will think twice before re-electing her!