Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says his party will support the government’s proposed legislation allowing provinces to harmonize their sales tax with the federal GST. The move risks alienating consumers, as it will increase the price of some goods that were previously exempt from provincial sales tax. The National Citizens Coalition says this could cost taxpayers up to $1,000 a year. However, not supporting the bill would anger the B.C. and Ontario governments, who want to harmonize taxes in order to increase economic efficiency and cut down on red tape for businesses. The Bloc Québécois will also support the bill, while the NDP is planning to oppose the government.
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