Tax review rejected by opposition parties
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Tax review rejected by opposition parties

Both PC leader Jamie Baillie and NDP interim leader Maureen MacDonald have panned the report's recommendation to expand the HST to include diapers and children's clothing.

A review of Nova Scotia’s taxes, tabled by a former Ontario cabinet minister, has opposition leaders in the provincial legislature worried the government might listen.

The report prepared by Laurel Broten says Nova Scotia should cut income tax rates, introduce a carbon tax and expand the HST.

Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says it’s the kind of thing that’s been holding the province back.

“This report should be thrown out, and we should start all over again — focused on balancing the budget and bringing our taxes down,” said Baillie.

The NDP’s interim leader, Maureen MacDonald, says the recommendations in this report aren’t fair to taxpayers

“If the government adopts many of these recommendations, life will become a lot more unaffordable for Nova Scotians,” said MacDonald.

Baillie and MacDonald are both concerned that putting HST back on things like children’s clothing and diapers, as Broten recommends, would hurt the very people the report says it aims to help.

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Boy that Mcneil government is going from bad to worse. Nova Scotians were duped. Liberals flogged Dexter about Nova Scotia power and got popular support as people thought they would find a way for cheaper power bills and/or other options….Turns out the whole thing was just a ploy to win the election and since they run the province they are actually worse than the NDP on every file. Bring back Dexter and the NDP because they were fired under false representation from liberals.

November 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

Which anyway we poor people turn, has road blocks
we are kept oppressed & doesn’t matter who is in.
Because its all for the rich & mighty Here in Canada.

November 20, 2014 at 11:57 am