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Ontario's Liberal government takes HST fight to PC ridings

Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Tim Hudak delivers the keynote address at the party's annual convention in Ottawa.

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Ontario's Liberal government is going on the attack over the looming harmonized sales tax, calling Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak shifty and dishonest.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan is in Hudak's Niagara-area riding today to talk about a new company whose owner says the HST will save him money and allow him to hire more staff.

Mr. Duncan says he's tired of Mr. Hudak and the Conservatives trying to mislead and scare people about the 13 per cent sales tax.

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He says Mr. Hudak takes a "sleazy, shifty, contradictory and dishonest approach to virtually every issue."

Mr. Hudak counters there's a growing stench of panic among Liberals that Ontario residents are strongly opposed to the HST, and says "when the Liberals are on thin ice, they resort to personal attacks."

Other Liberal ministers are making HST speeches in Whitby and Nepean today - two more Opposition held ridings - and Mr. Duncan says the government will keep up the attacks until the harmonized tax kicks in July 1.

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