IN THE HOUSE ~ Question Period ~ on HST, Seniors and the Budget

40th Parliament, 3rd Session
Context : Question in the House

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the hated HST, pushed by the government on British Columbians, costs the average B.C. senior around $2.00 a day. Now it claims a measly buck fifteen a day more seniors would somehow address tragic levels of poverty.

Conservatives spend without limit every time a corporate CEO has his hand out--$60 billion in corporate tax cuts. However, what about the seniors who built this country? A loonie a day for them? How disgraceful. Canadian seniors deserve better.

Why will the government not give older Canadians the retirement security, retirement dignity that they deserve? It takes away too much!

The Speaker: Order, please. The President of the Treasury Board.

Hon. Stockwell Day (President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, CPC): Mr. Speaker, as far as my hon. friend's reflections on British Columbians, it is very clearly a matter of fact that the Province of British Columbia is the level of government which is advocating the HST.

I would also say that the NDP members, federally, are the ones who have opposed every tax reduction that our good finance minister has proposed.

For British Columbians, and for all Canadians, we have indeed brought in significant increases to low-income seniors, to meet their needs.