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As someone who has two automobiles on the road, I applaud the call for a hike to the PST to fix our roads (Call for PST hike grows, May 31).

I especially like the idea that the working poor and those on welfare and fixed incomes will be helping to pay for the cost of comfortably running my autos.

When it comes to taxes, we know that justice is an illusion. Asking those who cannot afford a car to pay for the running of mine is proof of that.

 

KELLY CHARTRAND

Winnipeg

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This is about the last straw for me in terms of my support for the labour movement. Historically, the left has been against regressive taxes such as the PST.

Taxation levels should increase with income rather than consumption of goods and services. Sales taxes have a direct negative impact on the working poor and disenfranchised, because they still have to eat and pay rent, no matter how little their income.

Manitoba Federation of Labour president Kevin Rebeck embraces this unfair taxation concept, leaving one to wonder what could be the motive for his position. It appears to be simply one of lining the pockets of organized labour at the expense of the general working class.

 

WAYNE ASHLEY

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 31, 2012 A12

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