NEWS RELEASE · 6th January 2011
BC NDP Caucus
B.C. Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark is talking out of both sides of her mouth on her support for the HST, showing she will say anything to get elected and proving she lacks the commitment and courage to make the tough decisions a premier has to make.
Then: “Regular listeners will know I support the HST.” (Sept. 7, 2010)
Now: “I wasn’t part of the group that foisted the HST on people without talking to them first.” (CKNW, Jan. 5, 2011)
Then: "I think it is high time we had a chance to really vote on [the HST] in a referendum campaign.” (CKNW, Sept. 7, 2010)
Now: “…the idea is that we should entertain allowing MLAs to have a real free vote in the legislature and express their views on the HST.” (CKNW, Dec. 8, 2010)
But as two other contenders for the B.C. Liberal leadership have pointed out, there have already been three votes on the HST and all B.C. Liberal MLAs supported the tax.
George Abbott: “I really don't see what would be accomplished by going back into the Legislature at this point. We've had a very fulsome debate on the HST in the legislature.” (CKNW, Dec. 8, 2010)
Kevin Falcon: “We've already had free votes in the house on the HST. So I think politicians have already had their say.” (CKNW, Dec. 9, 2010)
So what does Christy Clark think will be accomplished by putting the tax to yet one more vote?
The only promise Christy Clark has made on the HST is that she wants to take away the hard-fought right of British Columbians to have their say in a province-wide referendum.
So much for Christy Clark's pledge: “I think it's time for us to put power back in the hands of the people of British Columbia.” (Campaign launch, CKNW, Dec. 8, 2010)
It’s time for Christy Clark to stop her power hungry say-anything-to-get-elected pandering and make her plans for the HST clear. If she's elected premier, would she cancel the referendum and have the B.C. Liberals vote once again to ignore their constituents and keep the HST?