Bloc threatens to vote against budget

BQ leader Gilles Duceppe demands $2 billion in compensation for harmonizing PST and GST

Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe says he is prepared to tell his troops to vote against the federal budget if the Conservatives don’t accede to Quebec’s demands for $2 billion in compensation for harmonizing the PST and GST. Unlike B.C. and Ontario, both of which received multi-billion dollar payments from Ottawa in exchange for harmonizing provincial and federal sales taxes, Quebec was never compensated for doing the same thing in 1992. Recent reports have suggested provincial and federal negotiators are closing in on a deal with respect to harmonization, though Duceppe described those talks as having stalled. Duceppe added that the inclusion of a payment to the province doesn’t guarantee the Bloc will vote for the budget after all.

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Bloc threatens to vote against budget

  1. "Unlike B.C. and Ontario, both of which received multi-billion dollar payments from Ottawa in exchange for harmonizing provincial and federal sales taxes, Quebec was never compensated for doing the same thing in 1992."

    Does this remind anybody else of that Ally Bank commercial with the kids… and the 'newest' customer gets the ice cream and the 'not as new' customer gets nothing?

    Funny.

    • Wonder if there was a reason…a rational one…why Quebec was not compensted in 92? I'd guess we'll only get to hear about it from the govt if it fits their majority agenda, and for no other reason.

  2. "Duceppe added that the inclusion of a payment to the province doesn't guarantee the Bloc will vote for the budget after all."

    Not much of a negotiator is he?

    • Not much of a negotiator AND about 19 years too late.

  3. That Quebec wasn't compensated in some way is hard to believe.

  4. doesn't Quebec already get 8 billion per year in equalization?

    • I don't think anybody ordered the red herring here.

  5. $2 billion or an election because of a mad Quebec wouldn't be a difficult for any government, let alone this one.

  6. Ummm, Quebec did NOT do the same thing as BC and Ontario. They always charge 2 taxes. And the Provincial tax is taxed on top of the total of the amount + GST. That's right, my province TAXES THE GST. So tell Deceppe to stuff it and please don't give that lying old weasel a dime. P.S. it went up to 8.5% a week ago anyway.

  7. Yup, that will cause a lot of sleepiness nights in Ottawa for sure.The finance minister says that they are still miles apart, this will not be solved before the spring budget.

    So Mr Duceppe can keep on doing what he does best, that is to……

    And I would bet that if his numbers are not that great around the end of February, he will find something to love in the budget.

  8. They won't vote if you pay them, they won't vote if you don't pay them.

    Anyway, why does a 1992 fact have anything to do with anything now??

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