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Around the bend

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Everybody knows the Selinger government is violating balanced-budget law in order to ram through a PST increase it denounced as "ridiculous" in order to win the last election. And everybody knows Conservative tactics are tying up the legislature in order to bring attention to the skullduggery. Equally, everybody knows NDP House leader Jennifer Howard is being disingenuous by claiming the province is facing a fiscal cliff because of the Tories' refusal to either approve the budget or pass an interim supply measure to ensure the province can pay its civil servants when its existing spending authority expires at the end of the month.

Ms. Howard's attempt to cause a panic among the general public is as reliable as was the government's promise in the last election to never raise the PST.

Tory leader Brian Pallister said last week his party will allow an interim spending bill to be passed before the deadline, but he had no intention of making life easier for the NDP.

The Conservatives, in other words, are doing their job as the official Opposition, holding the government accountable and ensuring the public's widespread dissatisfaction with the tax increase receives a thorough hearing.

The Tories may be driving the NDP around the bend, but there's no danger of anyone falling over a fiscal cliff.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 20, 2013 A16

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