Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister will reverse the NDP's increase to the PST during his first term in office if he becomes premier in the next election.
He's said this more than a few times over the past year since the PST went up by one point to eight per cent a year ago July 1.
But Pallister recently hinted there could be a ‘but' to that.
And it has to do with how deep in the glue the province could be, under more than a decade of NDP rule.
"In the first term we'll table a budget that will reverse the PST hike," Pallister told reporters outside the Law Courts, as he and his party took on the government over the process used to increase the sales tax without a referendum. The judge reserved his decision.
"But more importantly than that, we'll get to the bottom of how big the hole is the NDP has dug for our province," Pallister continued. "We'll find the ways to make the necessary measures work to save Manitobans money and leave more money in the hands of Manitobans to spend.
"That's how our economy will grow. This is the worst performing economy in Canada since the PST was introduced. Overall, we have the lowest wage growth. We have the fewest jobs created and we have the highest inflation. That's a trifecta for misery and that's not what we need in Manitoba and not what we deserve."
"How big the hole is. . .''
Is Pallister giving himself a little bit of wiggle room to the timing of his reversal of the PST?
Or is he already cushioning the bad news for Manitobans, should his Tories decide that supposed hole is actually an abyss, that the eight per cent PST is going to hang around a while longer?