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Rally to oppose PST hike set for May 2

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A rally against the Manitoba government’s plan to raise the provincial sales tax is scheduled for next week.

Business associations and policy watchdogs will come together on the front steps of the Legislature on Thursday, May 2 starting at 6 p.m.

"Eighty-six per cent of our small business members are opposed to a PST hike. Governments interpret silence as consent. We must speak out to oppose the PST hike," Janine Carmichael, Manitoba director with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said in a statement.

"People need to show up and send a strong message to the premier that promising not to raise taxes during an election and then raising taxes once elected is not acceptable," Canadian Tax Federation Prairie Director Colin Craig added in the release.

"Bring your friends, family, neighbours and co-workers. Now is your chance to do something about unaccountable politicians."

Earlier this month, the province announced in its 2013 budget a one per cent hike on the PST, bumping it to eight per cent effective July 1.

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