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NDP turns up heat on electricity HST

Ontario’s New Democrats turned up the temperature on rising home electricity costs yesterday by challenging the governing Liberals to zap the provincial portion of the HST off hydro bills.

Ontario’s New Democrats turned up the temperature on rising home electricity costs yesterday by challenging the governing Liberals to zap the provincial portion of the HST off hydro bills.

Consumers across the province are struggling to pay sky-high electricity costs and simply can’t afford an extra eight per cent slapped on their monthly bill, said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
“The HST does not conserve energy, the HST does not help the province in any way in terms of green energy goals,” she said.

“The HST is just more salt in the wound for people whose hydro bills are going up, and we think the government can make a real difference here.”

Ontario merged the eight per cent provincial sales tax with the five per cent GST July 1, which increased the cost of many items that weren’t previously subject to the provincial levy.

But the NDP proposal fell on deaf ears in the legislature, where Premier Dalton McGuinty ducked calls to provide the HST exemption.

“We’re going to continue to work hard with our families to help them manage these costs,” he said.

 
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