Paul Wells says:
He's talking about this, and he elaborates in the comments:
"If the framework legislation is rejected before Christmas, we will not revisit the issue. Not next year. Not after the next election.”
Compare and contrast with party financing -- the per-vote subsidy -- which Harper has already declared he will revisit after the next election. I actually don't have a big problem with that. But we see the difference between a Harper who wants to get something done, and a Harper who wants to shift blame.
Just to be clear, this "framework legislation" is entirely superfluous:
8.3 (1) The Minister, with the approval of the Governor in Council, may on behalf of the Government of Canada enter into an agreement or arrangement with the government of a province respecting sales taxes and, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, respecting.
...as the agreement can be made via an Order in Council, which originate in Cabinet and approved by GG (see Governor in Council def.).
PS. If it comes to it, Iggy should support. Can't flip-flop now. In any case, the degree of anger here in Ont. over the HST doesn't seem as intense as in B.C. and will probably have faded by summer.