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  Bloc to Tories: Give Quebec $5-billion or the budget dies
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Last EditedMonsieur  Jan 26, 2011 07:54pm
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AuthorRhéal Séguin
MediaNewspaper - Toronto Globe and Mail
News DateThursday, January 27, 2011 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Bloc Québécois is threatening to spark an election if the forthcoming Conservative budget does not include a $5-billion compensation package for Quebec.

Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe said on Wednesday that his party won’t support the federal budget unless Ottawa agrees to settle a long-running dispute with Quebec, in which the province is seeking $2.2-billion to cover the cost of harmonizing provincial and federal sales taxes in the 1990s. The dispute arose in recent years after British Columbia and Ontario adopted the HST and got compensation from Ottawa.

But the Bloc’s demands didn’t stop there. Mr. Duceppe said he will also be looking for an “interesting settlement” for the remaining $2.8-billion of its demands.

“If the $2.2-billion isn’t in the budget, we won’t support it,” Mr. Duceppe said. “If the $2.2-billion is there and they tell us to forget about the remaining $2.8-billion, it’s no way,” he said at the end of a two-day caucus meeting in Quebec City.
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