The Progressive Conservatives are intentionally distorting the facts about the harmonized sales tax in order to scare Ontario voters, Premier Dalton McGuinty charged yesterday after days of being called a liar by the official Opposition.

McGuinty fired back at his Conservative critics, saying they don’t have the courage to promise to reverse the merger of the eight per cent provincial sales tax with the five per cent goods and services tax should they win the 2011 election. “I long for the day when they come to the house and present a positive alternative,” McGuinty said. “All they have now are myths and fictions to induce fear among Ontarians.”

The Tories countered by saying there’s no legal way for them to undo harmonization because the province signed a $4.3-billion deal with the federal Conservative government that locks in the HST until at least 2015.