NEWS RELEASE · 22nd June 2011
The Smart Tax Alliance complaint to Advertisement Standards Canada about opponents' ads has been rejected; meanwhile their own ads make categorically false claims, say the New Democrats.
"The Alliance ads falsely claim the HST has already been cut. It is an absurd and desperate attempt to convince voters to save the tax," said New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston.
The Smart Tax Alliance published a pro-HST television advertisement that tells viewers "It's been cut to ten per cent."
Ralston said that claim is categorically false and is a deliberate ploy to save the HST.
"The HST is a 12-per-cent tax, pure and simple," said Ralston. "The premier asked the province to take the Liberals on faith that they may lower the HST in the future, but you can't trust them, especially when it comes to the HST. "The HST was born of misinformation and deception, and the only way the Liberals and big business know how to keep it alive is through further misinformation and deception."
In her Families First policy book, the premier promised "The referendum will be conducted in the same manner as a provincial election.”
"Clearly the premier broke another promise," said Ralston. "Provincial elections have spending limits, advertisements cannot make false claims and voting isn't conducted by a mail-in ballot. "The integrity of the HST referendum is being threatened as the premier continues to stack the deck in order to save the HST for her party and big business friends."