Quebec HST issue to be resolved: Tories
In an interview with Radio Canada, Tory candidate Christian Paradis acknowledged a list of election demands made by Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
"Several points Mr. Charest made converge with our goals," Paradis said. "You will see in our platform that we are engaged to resolve the HST harmonization between now and Sept. 15."
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Quebec has demanded $2.2 billion in compensation for harmonizing the federal GST and the provincial sales tax in the early 1990s. The federal government gave Ontario $4.3 billion and British Columbia $1.6 billion to help their transitions to a harmonized sales tax.
Paradis said his party had no intention of picking a fight with the province.
"We don’t have time to fight," Paradis said. "We're passed that point. People want us to move forward and we are the party to make that happen."
His comments came a day after Conservative Leader Stephen Harper announced that a re-elected Conservative government would commit to a loan guarantee or equivalent financial support for the $6.2-billion Lower Churchill hydroelectric project in Labrador.
Charest slammed the pledge on Friday, saying Hydro-Québec never benefited from any federal funding to develop its dam network, and would never ask the federal government for help.
With files from Radio Canada