B.C. NDP meets reality:
The Opposition New Democrats have been unrelenting in their criticism of the Liberal government for its refusal to reverse course on the tax, and they've publicly supported a petition campaign that collected signatures from more than half a million voters opposed to the HST.
But the party also acknowledges even a change in government would do little to change the position the provinces is in: a five-year agreement with Ottawa that could come with stiff financial penalties if B.C. tries to walk away early.
I haven't really followed all the B.C. shenanigans over harmonization. Seeing Van Der Zalm on the tube gives me too many 70s flashbacks. But Left Coasters can take note of Tim Hudak's "dodging and darting" over the issue back in Ontario. If you think tossing out the Campbell government is step one towards an eventual repeal, think again.
Speaking with my dear parents, it sounds as though the BC Libs have problems that go far beyond the new tax. Also, I am told, when harmonization was introduced out here Gord Campbell eschewed the various exemptions McGuinty has put in place to quell the whining from various special interests. So there is probably room for the NDP to take a "mend it, don't end it" approach. But, again--sorry West Coast kiddies, get used to your new harmonized sales tax. It ain't going away, EVAH.