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Cuts don't work in long run

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In her May 11 piece, Manitobans want thrift, not PST hike, Janine Carmichael has bought, hook, line and sinker, the conservative adage that less government is the panacea for all.

There is a massive amount of evidence across Canada that low taxes and reduced government spending lead to increased societal challenges.

I, as a visitor to Manitoba, do not profess to know the ins and outs of expenditures by the Selinger government, but buying in to cut taxes and cut services just does not work in the long run.

Ontario is still recovering from the draconian tax cuts and social-spending cuts of Mike Harris. Civil servants' wages are private business's profits.

If you want quality health care and better roads (and, wow, you have some canyon-ike potholes!), you have to pay.

And, by the way, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is a non-partisan advocacy group? That is funny.

ARNOLD DEVRIES

Hamilton

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 14, 2013 A8

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