Frank Klees

Press Release


What will a PC Government do with HST?

HST Puts Grave Burden on Ontario Families

Frank Klees, MPP unveils monument with

Wes Playter of Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home and Dave Tomkinson of Luesby Memorials

                                                                                                                                                                                  Photographer David Falconer


Dalton McGuinty is taxing families to death


May 14, 2010 (Queen’s Park)  Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees warned York Region families to brace themselves for the additional costs that the new HST Tax will add to their monthly budgets beginning on Canada Day.

“I think it’s only fair that people are given the facts about what they can expect by way of additional costs once the HST kicks in,” said Klees.

Klees took the opportunity to point out the impact that the new tax will have on the average family at the unveiling of a monument to the HST.  The monument was engraved by Dave Tomkinson, the owner of Luesby Memorial Company in Newmarket, who was inspired to create the monument when he realized that the additional cost of a funeral and monument could increase by as much as $1,600.  “This is outrageous,” said Tomkinson. “Where does McGuinty think the average family will find that money!” 

“Finally, after insisting for months that the HST would not cost Ontarians any more because the government would be sending out rebate cheques, the Premier has now admitted that he was wrong,” said Klees.  “After the government rebates, the cost of living for the average family will increase by as much as $1,200 per year.”

Klees also warned of the additional costs resulting from increased electricity and water rates, auto insurance and property taxes.  “When these increases are taken into consideration, the average family in York Region will have to pay as much as $2,900 per year more just to stay even.”

“Dalton McGuinty is taxing families to death.”

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                                                                                                                                            May 21, 2010

 What will a PC Government do with HST?


In response to your question as to whether a PC gov't would stop the HST if elected on October 6, 2011 (the next provincial election date), I offer the following:


1) We will continue to call on the McGuinty gov't not to implement this tax, and to defer it until the next provincial election when Ontarians can have their say;


2) If the McGuinty gov't does implement the HST, it will tie the next government's hands because of the agreement it signed with the federal government to accept $4.3 billion of federal funds for purpose of implementing the HST. In that case, businesses across the province will have incurred the cost of putting in place the administrative systems to collect the tax and it would be impractical and wrong to impose even more costs to dismantle those systems;


3) If the McGuinty gov't insists on imposing the HST, at the very least, we are asking that they reduce the rate of the tax to minimize the harm to Ontario families, especially seniors and people on fixed incomes;


4) Failing a reduction of the rate, there should be an exemption for the tax on gasoline and diesel because the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has estimated the HST on fuel will add an additional cost to the average family of $350;


5) Failing any action by the McGuinty gov't to reduce the tax burden imposed by the HST, if elected in October 2011, a PC government would immediately implement a tax-reduction plan to reduce the tax burden to Ontario families and businesses. Given the constraints placed on the government by the poison-pill agreement the McGuinty government signed with the federal government to implement the HST, a PC government is committed to structure a tax reduction policy that could include a combination of HST rate reductions, an across the board income tax reduction or specifically-targeted exemptions as noted above.


Frank Klees, MPP