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Ontario NDP plans to slash HST on gas

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is in Windsor, Ont., on Monday to outline her promise to offer taxpayers some relief at the gas pumps.

Horwath proposes cutting HST for gasoline by one percentage point each year for 4 years

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is in Windsor, Ont., on Monday to outline her promise to offer taxpayers some relief at the gas pumps.

Speaking at a downtown gas station, Horwath said if elected, her party will start lowering the HST on gasoline.

"Every upward tick in gas prices is compounded by the harmonized sales tax," said Horwath.

The plan is to slash one percentage point off of the HST for gas each year over four years, she said.

After four years, the NDP leader said the average family would save about $135. The plan will cost about $500 million in government revenue.

Horwath accuses the Liberals of using the HST to shift taxes from businesses to consumers. She said her party will shift that tax burden back to businesses if elected in October.

 "If Ontario's households are in good financial shape then Ontario's economy will follow," she said.

The NDP have already said they'd take the HST off electricity and home heating. Horwath's party also wants to impose caps on gas prices.

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