Friday, November 24, 2006

Harmonizing the GST

Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty has said one of the ways of lowering the net government debt in Canada (that is the total debt of ALL levels of government, federal, provincial, municipal and the CPP) would be to have provinces harmonize their Provincial Sales Tax with the GST.

Hmm in Alberta we don't have a sales tax except the GST.

Does that mean we should eliminate the GST payments from Alberta to be in harmony with being sales tax free, or is he suggesting, as some have before, that we introduce a 5% sales tax to match the pending 5% federal GST.

Enquiring minds want to know.

And I thought the Conservatives opposed having the Federal government tell the provinces what to do when it came to their jurisdicitional rights. Must be another broken promise.

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