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THUNDER BAY – It’s official!  As of today, life is less affordable because of Adrea Horwath McGuinty’s unfair Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), says NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

In Thunder Bay the price a gasoline jumped to $1.13.  Ontario Liberal Government now will benefit every time the pump price goes up.  Giving local MPP Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro the Liberal Government will benefit  at the expense of hard working people of Northern OntarioThe lowest price in Ontario according to Gas Buddy is Peterborough  at 89.9 per litre.  http://www.ontariogasprices.com/index.aspx

“As we celebrate our country’s birthday, Dalton McGuinty’s present to families is an unfair tax that will cost them an average of $800 every year,” said Horwath.  “Rather than making life more affordable for families struggling to get out of a painful recession, starting today the McGuinty Liberals are making it more expensive.”

The HST – a new tax on everything from home heating to gas for the car – came into effect July 1st.

Canada Day celebrations this year will have a little less bang for the buck as the Harper-McGuinty HST will make it more expensive to buy even fireworks.  It’s a fitting start to how this unfair tax shift will affect daily life in Ontario. 

Bruce Hyer“It’s pretty low that they’ve even hit Canada Day celebrations with the HST” said Bruce Hyer, MP for Thunder Bay–Superior North and the New Democrat Tourism Critic. “The HST is a case of two plus two equals five. In combining the GST with the PST, Harper and McGuinty have come up with a tax whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That’s because it will be applied to a vast range of things we currently don't pay the PST on - making things like gasoline, air and rail travel, taxis fares, bus tickets, and commercial rent 8 percent more expensive, just to name a few. Fireworks, admissions tickets, summer camps, and hotel bills don’t escape a tax hike either, and this will put a damper on some Canada Day celebrations this year.”

 “It’s just tasteless. July 1st is supposed a day of celebration and relaxation, but instead people are going to have to worry about paying 8 percent more to go camping with their friends and families and paying 8 percent more to get there,”  said Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty. “The bottom line is that forcing this tax on families, without discussing it in an election campaign or holding public consultations, is not right and is coming at the worst time as families continue to struggle at the end of the recession. As New Democrats, we continue to strongly oppose this unfair tax and will continue to our work to make the life more affordable for families in Northwestern Ontario.”

“As we celebrate our country’s birthday, Dalton McGuinty’s present to families is an unfair tax that will cost them an average of $800 every year,” said Horwath.  “Rather than making life more affordable for families struggling to get out of a painful recession, starting today the McGuinty Liberals are making it more expensive.”

The HST – a new tax on everything from home heating to gas for the car – came into effect July 1st.

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