In 2013, the NDP jacked up the PST. To do it, they eliminated Manitobans’ right to vote.
Under our balanced budget, taxpayers’ protection law, no provision to raise taxes in the three major categories: personal sales, personal income or business, could be introduced without first holding a referendum.
The NDP raised the PST without holding a referendum first, and we submit that makes this tax hike illegal. We are taking this to court to maintain the right of Manitobans to have a say in major tax hikes. We are taking the NDP to court to reduce the PST back to seven per cent.
We are going to court because we promised Manitobans we would do everything in our power as an opposition party to stand up for them, and stand up for Manitoba we will.
While we fight for lower taxes, the NDP is in court fighting for higher taxes. While we stand up for Manitobans’ rights, the NDP is in court fighting to take away Manitobans’ rights.
While we are in court using our own resources, the NDP is using taxpayer resources to pay the legal bills. And finally, while we go to court to keep our word, the NDP will go to court to break its word to Manitobans.
We do not know the outcome of our court case. We hope for victory. But every athlete who sets foot on the playing field or court has to accept the possibility of a loss. We believe there is nobility in the attempt. In any case, the choice for Manitobans has never been clearer.
If truth matters, and I believe Manitobans are people who value integrity, then regardless of the outcome of this case, Manitobans will know who stands up for them and who stands against them.
Leader of the Official Opposition
Progressive Conservative MLA
for Fort Whyte
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 28, 2014