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NDP gives farmers tax pains

The latest speNDP assault on Manitoba’s $3.5-billion agriculture industry involves the farmland education tax rebate.

In the last election, the NDP promised to eliminate the final portion of education taxes on farmland, but this did not happen.

The speNDP has also now capped the amount of rebate to $5,000 per farm and the rebate does not flow automatically. Landowners must apply for it.

That application process has been manipulated by the NDP to ensure many Manitobans who are entitled to it never get it.

In past years, there has been a three-year window to apply for the rebate, but this year the speNDP has set a hard deadline of March 31. Then, the NDP delayed release of the forms required to apply for the rebate. Those forms were not available until the end of December.

Farm families were left a very small window to complete and submit their forms or lose the credit they were entitled to. This is a process designed to fail, and disproportionally targets female landowners.

If this has happened to you, please contact my office at midlandmla@mymts.net, 204-745-2203.

The speNDP have given a whole new meaning to “cash cow” with their combination of blatant tax increases and program cuts. The agricultural industry deserves to be respected and encouraged for its contribution to Manitoba’s economy. It’s time for change.

Blaine Pedersen

Progressive Conservative MLA for Midland

Critic for MAFRD

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 27, 2014

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The latest speNDP assault on Manitoba’s $3.5-billion agriculture industry involves the farmland education tax rebate.

In the last election, the NDP promised to eliminate the final portion of education taxes on farmland, but this did not happen.

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The latest speNDP assault on Manitoba’s $3.5-billion agriculture industry involves the farmland education tax rebate.

In the last election, the NDP promised to eliminate the final portion of education taxes on farmland, but this did not happen.

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