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Pallister continues PST fight

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Tory Leader Brian Pallister took his battle against the NDP’s PST hike to an east Winnipeg boat business today, repeating his mantra that the one-point provincial sales tax hike will cost Manitobans more money in more ways than one.

The increase to eight per cent is to take effect July 1 and Pallister said many Manitobans are rushing to make big purchases before that date.

"By choosing not to address its own spending the NDP is stealing money from the pockets of Manitobans," PC Leader Brian Pallister said. "This means they will pay more or do without and it means businesses will suffer too."

The Tories say products at Rond’s Marine, like $20,000 for a new boat or camper, will cost an extra $200 after June 30.

"When someone has to spend extra money on a big-ticket item it makes them think twice about the extra cost," Rond’s Manager Jeff Snowdon said.

Pallister has also gone to Winnipeg Harvest and a women’s clothing store over the past month to show how the PST will impact Manitobans from all walks of life.

The NDP have said the tax increase will take effect regardless of whether Bill 20, the legislation that also does away with the requirement for a public referendum, is passed in the legislature.

The legislature is now into its second day of an extended spring sitting due to the Tories mounting a series of procedural delays that have blocked the NDP’s legislative and budget agenda. It’s also delayed public hearings on proposed legislation.

One little-used motion has seen PC Opposition House Leader Kelvin Goertzen granted unlimited speaking time on Bill 20 in the house.

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