New Democrats to bring relief at the gas pump
Toronto – A New Democratic government will start to remove the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) from gasoline, said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.
“Dalton McGuinty made life more expensive with a new tax on basic essentials,” said Horwath. “New Democrats will make life more affordable by beginning to take the HST off gasoline.”
The NDP plan would reduce the provincial portion of the HST on gasoline by one per cent every year. A couple with two children will save $135 by the fourth year – when the HST is dropped by four per cent.
“In many parts of Ontario, families simply don’t have an alternative to driving,” said Horwath. “We’ll make it more affordable to get to work, pick up groceries, and take the kids to after school activities.”
Earlier in the month, Horwath announced that a New Democratic government would make the Ontario Energy Board responsible for setting a weekly cap on gas prices and preventing gouging at the pump.
“We’re going to put an end to gas price gouging,” said Horwath. “That means that consumers will get every single cent of this HST reduction.”
The HST is a multi-billion dollar tax shift off of business and onto consumers. To pay for the plan – which will cost $500 million – New Democrats will shift some of the tax burden back to business.
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