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Challenge to PST increase heads to court today

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The battle over a 2013 increase to the provincial sales tax moves to a courtroom today.

The Progressive Conservatives will challenge the NDP's 2013 decision to raise the provincial sales tax by one percentage point in the Court of Queen's Bench this morning.

The Selinger government hiked the PST to eight per cent from seven per cent July 1, 2013 and said revenue raised from it will fix roads, highways and other infrastructure projects.

The Tories argue the NDP ran afoul of the law by hiking the PST without holding a public referendum, as required under the 1995 Taxpayer Protection Act, an act brought in under the Tory government of Gary Filmon.

Conservative leader Brian Pallister argues that by nixing the referendum, the NDP violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and infringed on the rights Manitobans.

Pallister has said that if the Tories lose the case, they will appeal.

We will live stream the proceedings beginning at 10 a.m.

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Updated on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM CDT: Adds live stream player, start time.

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