HST bribe cheques in the mail “Robbing Paul to pay Paul”: Barrett

For Immediate Release:
June 9, 2010

Simcoe – McGuinty’s attempt to bribe Ontarians into acceptance of his 13 per cent Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) adds further insult to injury.

That according to Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett who says the first cheques of taxpayers’ money being returned to their rightful owners exemplifies politics at its most cynical.

“Mr. McGuinty has taken the expression ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ to a whole new level,” Barrett charged. “It’s now robbing Paul to pay Paul!”

The cheques to help government sell the additional 13 per cent hit to the wallet comes from the $4.3 billion given to Ontario by the federal government in order to merge the GST and the PST into the HST
The 13-per-cent HST will start being charged on July 1. Many items that were previously PST-exempt, such as gasoline and electricity, have an additional eight per cent in tax applied against them.

Many people in Ontario will soon feel the HST tax on Summer: road trips, family vacations, arts and cultural festivals, golf, summer camps, kids soccer, baseball leagues and farm fairs will all now require payment of McGuinty’s HST.

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629