HUGHES TAKES CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE HST ON HOME HEATING TO QUESTION PERIOD
November 18th, 2011 - 4:28pm
Ottawa – Ontarians have a reasonable hope that the HST will be removed from home heating bills, but that could be speeded up considerably by the federal government according to Carol Hughes.
“Families are already asking themselves how they are going to get through this with the high cost of home heating,” said Hughes. “Too many families will have to make a choice between staying warm or buying groceries.”
With movement toward eliminating the unpopular tax picking up steam at Queen’s park, thanks to a Private Members’ bill put forward by Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin, Hughes urged the government to get on-side with their provincial Conservative counterparts, who intend to support Mantha’s bill in the Ontario Legislature.
“Even this government’s Conservative cousins in Ontario know listening to New Democrats is the right thing to do,” stated Hughes. “They agree with taking the sales tax off home heating, but this out-of-touch government doesn’t get it,” said Hughes.
Home heating costs rose by 8 percent when the HST was added to bills last year. This was in addition to the constant upward trend in the cost of energy.
“Canada gets cold,” concluded Hughes. “Heating your home is not a luxury. When will this government get on side with its Conservative cousins and work with New Democrats to give families a break?”