The Winnipeg Free Press article you ran on the Progressive Conservative-organized rally on the steps of the Manitoba legislature was a bit misleading.
I saw Thursday’s event on the television news and it didn’t look to me like there were more than 100 people there, including PC employees, lobbyists, and the media. That’s a pretty pathetic turnout at any time, not to mention that it was a beautiful summer day.
Looks to me that in spite of all the Conservatives’ efforts to tie up the legislature and cause confusion Manitobans aren’t all that worked up about the sales tax increase. Nobody likes paying extra taxes so nobody is going to want an extra one per cent sales tax, but the Conservatives are making a big fuss over one per cent.
Those few Winnipeggers who were at the rally and who have cottages out at Kenora, Ont., are already paying an eight per cent sales tax every time they buy something in Ontario — and in Ontario, it’s based on the GST so a lot more things are taxed than in Manitoba.