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Liberals cut short HST debate

The British Columbia government has passed motions aimed at ending debate this week on the legislation needed to implement a Harmonized Sales Tax.

Government house leader and Attorney General Michael de Jong introduced a motion that will close debate on the second reading of Bill 9, the Consumption Tax Rebate and Transition Act on April 27. A second motion says all remaining stages of debate must be completed by April 29.

Liberal MLAs voted in favour of the motions, and NDP MLAs against. The proposed HST combines the federal GST and the provincial PST starting July 1.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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