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Adding up to 'serious money'

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I wish to address those who feel that the PST hike does not pose a hardship to the general population.

Let's assume for a moment that the hike was not in direct contrast to a promise made by Premier Selinger, and let's also assume for a moment that the hike did not circumvent legislation designed to prevent exactly this type of thing.

Factor in the PST hike with last year's PST expansion, fuel-tax hike, annual increases in Hydro rates, Bipole III, liquor price increases, increases in fees to enter and camp in provincial parks, increases for fishing licences and on and on, and you start to see why so many Manitobans have had it.

Sure, it's all nickel-and-dime stuff, but it adds up to some serious money in a year. And while most can absorb the cost, it has to come at the expense of something else.

If you're of average income, odds are this year you will maybe save a little less for retirement, maybe pay off a little less of your own debt, maybe a vacation will have to wait. At any rate, all these hikes erode the one thing I work hard for, and that is being able to provide a certain quality of life for my family.

I am the silent majority, and I've had it.

DAN FRIESEN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2013 A10

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