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NDP supporting seniors and creating jobs for young people

While I share PC MLA Cliff Graydon’s goal of helping seniors apply for tax credits and rebates, unfortunately he omitted some vital information that seniors should have about applying (Seniors, Don’t Miss Out On Education Tax Credits, Rebates — Brandon Sun, July 11).

Earlier this year, our government introduced a new Seniors School Tax Rebate. With existing property tax credits and our new rebate, senior homeowners can save up to $1,335 this year off their property taxes, whether they own or rent their home.

While Brian Pallister’s PCs voted against our government’s plan to eliminate school taxes for seniors, we are moving ahead. Already, more than 25,000 senior households have applied for our new rebate! Next year, the maximum value of the rebate will increase and by 2016 the rebate and credits will fully cover the school taxes for seniors.

Seniors can apply by visiting: Manitoba.ca/seniorsrebate, or by calling 1-855-893-8266.

What Mr. Graydon failed to mention is that our NDP government has more than doubled the property tax credits and rebates available to seniors since his party left office.

He was also incorrect in doubting Manitoba’s affordability. Our government is focused on keeping our province the most affordable in Canada. With publicly-owned utilities, Manitoba families enjoy the cheapest home heating, electricity and auto insurance rates in the country, saving $2,100 compared to the national average.

Our government has reduced taxes, saving an average family $3,800 this year. That’s compared to what they would be paying if we still had the higher tax rates the PCs were comfortable with when they left office.

The Selinger government will continue to support seniors with the Seniors School Tax Rebate, while at the same time creating more jobs and opportunities for our young people and increasing provincial funding to improve our schools, hospitals, universities and daycares.

Sharon Blady

Manitoba Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 23, 2014

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Minister, you have amazing gall to suggest that your government has lowered tax rates in any meaningful contact.

As anyone who have looked at www.ey.com, a personal tax calculator site, courtesy Ernst and Young, shows your fraudulent claim for what it is. Namely, Manitobans pay more tax than any other Canadian, except Quebecers.

Of course, you know this Minister. But amazing gall is what we have learned to expect when it comes to the NDP government's presentation of "the facts."

With that $2100 "saving" on utilities what should I do with it?

For starters, I could make a downpayment on all the higher and extra taxes I pay for living in Manitoba vs. Ontario or any of the provinces to the west. Here's an idea: You keep the $2100 and give us their taxes.

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While I share PC MLA Cliff Graydon’s goal of helping seniors apply for tax credits and rebates, unfortunately he omitted some vital information that seniors should have about applying (Seniors, Don’t Miss Out On Education Tax Credits, Rebates — Brandon Sun, July 11).

Earlier this year, our government introduced a new Seniors School Tax Rebate. With existing property tax credits and our new rebate, senior homeowners can save up to $1,335 this year off their property taxes, whether they own or rent their home.

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While I share PC MLA Cliff Graydon’s goal of helping seniors apply for tax credits and rebates, unfortunately he omitted some vital information that seniors should have about applying (Seniors, Don’t Miss Out On Education Tax Credits, Rebates — Brandon Sun, July 11).

Earlier this year, our government introduced a new Seniors School Tax Rebate. With existing property tax credits and our new rebate, senior homeowners can save up to $1,335 this year off their property taxes, whether they own or rent their home.

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