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.