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McGuinty rebuffs tax protesters

As a few dozen protesters gathered at the legislature to protestOntario’s plan to harmonize sales taxes, Premier Dalton McGuinty saidhe hoped they will eventually come to understand the new tax is theright move.

As a few dozen protesters gathered at the legislature to protest Ontario’s plan to harmonize sales taxes, Premier Dalton McGuinty said he hoped they will eventually come to understand the new tax is the right move.

“We knew from the outset that this would be controversial in some quarters,” McGuinty said yesterday.

“These folks are always welcome here to give expression to their concern.”

McGuinty made it clear, however, that no rally would change his mind about what he considers one of his key economic policies, saying the change was needed.

The Public Sector Retiree Coalition, which represents over 25,000 public sector retired employees, planned the rally outside the legislature, along with both opposition parties.

But the protest drew a small crowd, with just a few dozen people gathering in the rain to complain about the changes.

Jim Garchinski, a retired police officer from Hamilton and one of the rally’s organizers, said the HST could end up as the largest tax increase in Ontario’s history, and it won’t be good for the province.

“We can’t trust this government with our tax money,” Garchinski said.

 
 
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