The B.C. government did a terrible job selling the harmonized sales tax to taxpayers, but that doesn't mean Premier Gordon Campbell should resign or take early retirement over the tax, several cabinet members said Thursday.

“The bottom line is we could not have done a worse job,” said Health Minister Kevin Falcon about the government’s introduction and implementation of the controversial tax.

“We really screwed up,” he said.

“First we have to acknowledge to the public and apologize to the public for the terrible job we did explaining and rolling out the HST.”

Falcon, often touted as a potential Liberal leadership candidate, said he is not interested whatsoever in Campbell’s job.

In July 2009, the B.C. government abruptly announced it would adopt the HST, just two months after the provincial election where the campaigning Liberals said they weren’t interested in bringing in the tax.

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