Local NDP candidate unimpressed by federal budget

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With the possibility of the government falling by the end of the week, the federal NDP candidate for the Prince George-Peace River riding says her party is ready for an election.

Lois Boone says she feels the Harper government has not done enough in the budget for the average Canadian after only implementing some of the NDP’s proposals, including the home retrofit program.

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NDP leader Jack Layton had met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper several weeks ago to discuss items he wanted to see in the budget.

However, another item Boone says the NDP had wanted was the elimination of the GST from the home heating fuel tax. She says the removal of the tax would have especially helped residents living on fixed incomes.

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Boone says an election would involve a hotly fought race between the Conservatives and the NDP across the country.

She also says it would be the first opportunity for British Columbians to express their aversion to the HST, by making their voices heard at the polls.

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Although the Liberals, Bloc Quebecois and the NDP have announced they will not support the budget, the Harper government is actually expected to fall on a non-confidence motion declaring it in contempt of parliament.

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The non-confidence vote on the contempt charge will be taking place on Friday, three days ahead of Monday’s scheduled budget vote.

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