Drop Taxes On Home Heating Before Snow Falls

New Democrats are calling on Stephen Harper to give hardworking families a break and immediately remove the five percent HST/GST from home heating before the snow falls.

“I’ve crisscrossed this country more than once, you know – and I see people struggling right now, more than I’ve ever seen,” said Leader Jack Layton. “I’m asking Mr. Harper to put partisanship aside and work with me to do the right thing.”

Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus says Stephen Harper has broken his promise to make life more affordable for Canadians, but New Democrats are willing to work with the Prime Minister to help seniors and working families as they struggle with heating bills this winter.

“Home heating costs have skyrocketed in many parts of the country. Here in northern Ontario, home heating costs have risen 17 percent in six months, in large part because of Harper’s HST. With winter fast approaching, New Democrats recognize that something has to be done, now.”

The NDP is also asking Harper to re-introduce the home and ecoEnergy Retrofit Program, so families can retrofit their homes and further reduce heating bills.