Honestly, there is no excuse for how stupid of an idea this is. I get that voters rejected the HST in BC; that's fine, that's democracy, even if it will cause more hassle than its worth. But don't dress up the referendum result as an excuse for well over a billion dollars to be kept by the province when they're not doing what the money was intended for.
Honestly, it might tickle some voters out in BC but the rest of Canada is going to look at that and wonder where their $1.6 billion is. I mean, if the NDP is going up to bat for BC on this kind of matter, where are they when Ontario cancels an infrastructure project? I mean, if the feds invest money into it, why can't Ontario keep it, despite the project being cancelled? That'd only make sense, right?
Maybe I'm wrong - maybe it's a vote-getter in BC. But it is horrible policy from any sensible, non-politics-driven viewpoint. BC doesn't get to keep $1.6 billion of the fed's money for something they didn't do. I hope to hell that the Liberals don't offer up such stupid ideas.