Premier Christy Clark rejected an proposal for a debate on the HST from NDP leader Adrian Dix.

Clark passes on HST debate with Dix

NDP leader accuses premier of hiding

Premier Christy Clark has turned down a challenge from NDP leader Adrian Dix to a one-on-one debate on the harmonized sales tax.

Dix accused Clark of so far avoiding debate on the issue and proposed a debate on CKNW’s Bill Good Show.

“When she had a chance to debate the HST in the legislature she shut proceedings down just before she was due to speak,” Dix said. “I’m inviting her to do the right thing and participate in this forum.”

He said the BC Liberals under Clark are heading partisan campaign to sell the HST to voters who decide the fate of the tax in this summer’s mail-in referendum.

Clark was previously criticized for avoiding local candidate debates during the Point Grey byelection this spring, choosing instead to use telephone town halls to reach voters.

“We won’t be playing those games,” Clark responded in a statement issued by her staff, adding voters need to make the HST decision on the merits of the policy, not a debate of leaders.

Dix accused her of hiding from a debate and said his offer stands.

“Premier Clark’s allies in the Smart Tax Alliance are running ads that say the ‘PST/GST gang is hiding from an honest debate,'” Dix said. “Now we know who’s really hiding.”

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, meanwhile, tried to highlight two other leaders – the Greens’ Jane Sterk and BC Conservatives’ John Cummins – for their support of the ‘No’ side to keep the HST in place.

“It would have been easy for these leaders to simply oppose the HST on the basis of how it was introduced and implemented,” Falcon said. “But instead we now only have the NDP wanting to go back to a destructive two-tax system with the PST+GST.”

Referendum ballots are expected to be delivered by July 7.

Elections BC officials are considering an extension to the July 22 deadline for ballots to be returned.

The NDP has called for a two-week extension.

Just Posted

Nail-biter win caps successful tournament for senior Mustangs

‘They were making junior mistakes — but that’s okay,’ says coach

Film club holds birthday bash for 75-year-old Hope Cinema

Hollywood starlet Judy Garland will grace the big screen in Hope on Dec. 19

Waterworks plan in final steps, says Hope District

Council approves borrowing of $1.8 million, upping water bills almost $50 a year

Petition for free menstrual products turned over to UFV president

Almost 1,300 signatures collected calling for all campus bathrooms to be stocked

New hiking trail to be built overlooking Hope

Waterfalls, rocky outcrops featured in new trail near Silver Creek

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Surrey councillor wants the policing transition process to ‘immediately stop’

Brenda Locke to make motion at Dec. 16 meeting to reconsider current plan

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens after vehicle incident near Boston Bar

Initial reports of a jack-knifed semi truck had closed both directions of the highway

Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in 2017 Stanley Park stabbing

Lubomir Kunik was found by a man out walking his dog on the beach late on Feb. 1, 2017

Vancouver homeless camp brings community, safety, home, says resident

Encampment in the city’s Downtown Eastside is one of many that have sprung up in B.C.

Most Read