PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - A federal Conservative is trying to distance himself and his government from Ontario's controversial tax harmonization plan.

Ontario MP Larry Miller blamed the province for the plan in the Owen Sound Sun Times last week, adding that Ottawa did not "in any way" make the decision to merge the provincial sales tax with the federal GST.

That puts him at odds with federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who has praised Ontario for agreeing to make the move and has openly encouraged other provinces to do the same.

Asked about Miller's comments, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty noted that Ottawa is providing $4.3 billion to help the province adjust to a single sales tax.

He says it's the right reform to put Ontario on the path to economic recovery.

The single sales tax will take effect in July next year.

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