NDP leader Jack Layton criticized Stephen Harper about the HST, stating it was the worst possible time to bring in the hated tax when we are in a recession.
People don't trust Harper after he pushed the HST in B.C., adding that the tax brought an "uprising of support to defeat the tax the likes of which we've never seen."
Layton also accused Harper of expressing a myth over the possibility of a future coalition government. Jack went on to say " it's hard for Canadians to trust Harper because he tried to do the same thing in 2004 during former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin's minority government". At that time, Harper met with Layton and Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe and the trio wrote a letter asking then-governor-general Adrienne Clarkson to consider all options other than an election if the government should fall.
In spite of his actions in 2004, Harper has said on the campaign trail that it is illegitimate for an opposition leader to try to form a government without first going to voters in an election.
"Instead of listening to families in B.C., [the Conservatives] blindly followed Stephen Harper in Ottawa," said Layton. "New Democrats will put forward practical solutions to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, take the federal tax off home heating and take the pressure off your household budget."
Layton also pledged to make child care affordable and ensure foreign credentials are recognized in Canada.
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