Legislative Watch

2nd Session, 39th Parliament

Issue 7 - May 3, 2010

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Government Announcements and News

Legislative Debate – Exchange between the Finance Minister and
Opposition on the HST

Thursday, April 26, 2010

Doug Donaldson: Does the current minister agree with the former Finance Minister, Carole Taylor, that
hard-working B.C. families unfairly shoulder the burden of this government's HST?

Hon. Colin Hansen: …when in a letter to the editor in the Vancouver Sun this morning, Bill Vander
Zalm says that British Columbia could easily make the provincial sales tax work the same way as a
value-added tax. You know how he would do that? He says: "It could apply to all goods and services.
Reduce it to 3 or 4 percent, and provide input tax credits."

Perhaps the deputy Finance critic for the opposition could tell us whether he agrees with his leader, Bill
Vander Zalm, that we should actually be adding a 3 percent or 4 percent consumption tax to all
groceries, to all home heating costs, to gasoline, to prescription drugs. The question is: is he in fact on
side with his leader, Bill Vander Zalm?

Question Period Topics

Status of Bills

BILLS INTRODUCED (first reading)
Government Bills

Members' Bills

BILLS DEBATED (second reading)
Government Bills

BILLS PASSED (third reading)
Government Bills

Tabled Documents