The mayors and reeves of 11 municipalities in the Manitoba capital region joined Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz at city hall today to issue another condemnation of the Selinger’s government’s proposed provincial-sales-tax hike.
The leaders of East St. Paul, West St. Paul, Headingley, MacDonald, Ritchot, Rockwood, St. Andrews, St. Clements, St. Francois-Xavier, Springfield, Taché and Winnipeg lined up outside Katz’s office to demand the province offer Manitoba municipalities the entire $277-million proceeds of a one-percentage-point rise in the PST, dividing up the funds on a per-capita basis.
"This just isn’t fair. The province is using the money to fund their activities and there is no more money for us," St. Andrews Reeve Don Forfar said at the press conference, the third held at city hall over the past two weeks to denounce the PST hike.
In 2008, Manitoba municipalities asked the province to hike PST revenues and devote the proceeds to municipal infrastructure. The reeves and mayors in the capital region say Manitoban voters would still support such a move if it truly paid for infrastructure, not provincial responsibilities such as education and health.