The lead up to the July 1 rollout of Ontario’s 13 per cent harmonized sales tax is starting to resemble an election campaign, with the Liberal government pushing back hard against opposition claims the HST is “a greedy tax grab.”

Shredders destroying thousands of pages of “red tape” regulations for the old provincial sales tax, forklifts delivering petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures opposing the HST and a giant countdown clock are some of the props being used in the battle.

With people distracted by everything from holidays and the G8-G20 meetings to sports playoffs, the Liberals have the tough task of explaining an entire package of tax reforms.

Standing behind a large paper shredder, Revenue Minister John Wilkinson said the tax changes are all about creating jobs. “We have a plan that’s going to lead to 591,000 new jobs over the next 10 years because it will lead to $47 billion worth of more investment,” said Wilkinson.