Ottawa, B.C. agree outstanding HST issues should be resolved quickly: Premier

Key issue is repayment of $1.6 billion in transition funding that BC was given -- and Ottawa wants back.

ABBOTSFORD -- B.C. Premier Christy Clark says she's spoken to the Prime Minister and they both agree they must quickly resolve any fallout from the province's scrapping of the Harmonized Sales Tax.

Clark said she and Harper talked about the issue during an event today in Abbotsford.

A major issue to be resolved is the $1.6 billion in HST transition funding that the federal government had paid the province.

Clark refused to elaborate on her discussions with Harper, but said they had spoken about resolving any issues as quickly as possible.

"I'm not going to negotiate in the media about how we're going to get through this, but I know that he's just as committed to making sure that we make this work,'' she said.

"We didn't start negotiating today, but we did talk about certainly the fact that it's one of the issues that British Columbia and Canada need to resolve.''

Harper and Clark were attending the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Gur Sikh Temple, which is North America's longest-standing Sikh temple.

Harper didn't talk to reporters after the Abbotsford event.

The results of a referendum in which British Columbians voted to scrap the unpopular Harmonized Sales Tax were released Friday.

The 12 per cent tax was introduced by former premier Gordon Campbell more than two years ago, but the massive public uproar to the tax cost Campbell his job and ultimately led to the demise of the HST.

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