Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Pallister says Tories will challenge PST law in court

  • Print
Manitoba PC Leader Brian Pallister

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES Enlarge Image

Manitoba PC Leader Brian Pallister Photo Store

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives say they’ll challenge the province’s PST law in the courts, if they can’t stop it from passing the legislature.

PC Leader Brian Pallister said today his party will organize a lawsuit against Bill 20 if and when it becomes law.

At a news conference this afternoon, Pallister, surrounded by caucus members, announced that the Tories have retained prominent Winnipeg lawyer Robert Tapper to fight Bill 20 in the courts if they are unable to stop it from passing in the legislature.

The Conservatives claim the Selinger government is on the wrong side of the law in hiking the PST without holding a public referendum. The NDP has said that it’s within its rights to implement a tax hike before passing the enabling legislation. Now, it looks as though the courts will ultimately decide who is correct.

"We’re standing with Manitobans today against an injustice the provincial government is trying to perpetuate against all Manitobans and our future," Pallister said.

The Manitoba retail sales tax hike took effect on Monday. But Tapper said he cannot launch a lawsuit until Bill 20 is passed.

"You can’t take a challenge against legislation that doesn’t exist. The legislation simply doesn’t exist at this stage," he told reporters. "Until it exists and is formally law, when it gets royal assent, there’s nothing that can be done, unfortunately."

Committee hearings on Bill 20 resume this evening at 6 p.m. at the Legislative Building At the first public hearing last Thursday, speaker after speaker condemned the government for breaking its promise not to raise taxes and for not permitting a referendum on the PST increase.

Pallister said the Conservative party itself cannot sue. But he said one or a group of Conservatives will launch the action on behalf of the party.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Bowman talks "job number one" in News Café interview

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Bright sunflowers lift their heads toward the south east skies in a  large sunflower field on Hwy 206 and #1 Thursday Standup photo. July 31,  2012 (Ruth Bonneville/Winnipeg Free Press)
  • Jia Ping Lu practices tai chi in Assiniboine Park at the duck pond Thursday morning under the eye of a Canada goose  - See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge Day 13- May 17, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you support Pimicikamak First Nation's protest against Manitoba Hydro?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google