"As Conservatives, we're supportive of a combined tax. It's not a tax grab... That is a misnomer to mislead the public to get them excited about something that's not accurate." Mike Wallace (MP, Burlington) October 12, 2009 - The Hill Times.
"It's a massive tax reduction for those that employ Ontarians, for those that drive the Ontario economy. It's a politically courageous decision." Dean Del Mastro (MP, Peterborough) March 27, 2009 - Peterborough Examiner.
"Filing one corporate tax return will immediately reduce the paperwork burden for Ontario businesses. Ontario companies of all sizes will benefit from one set of rules, one point of contact, and one tax return. By reducing the time and money Ontario businesses spend on meeting their tax obligations, government is allowing businesses more time to focus on growth and development." Gordon O'Connor (MP, Carleton-Mississippi Mills) May 2, 2008 - Marketwire.
And my favorite, from Building Prosperity in a Canada Strong & Free, authored by Preston Manning and Mike Harris (the man Tim Hudak was cloned from):
"(Ontario is) further encouraged to harmonize (its) provincial sales tax with the federal goods and services tax, which already exempts business inputs. This would provide a double benefit by also reducing by one-half the paperwork required for businesses to collect and remit sales taxes." - Fraser Institute: Building Prosperity in a Canada Strong and Free, 2006.
Meanwhile, recalcitrant Federal Liberals seem to be falling in line.