August 18, 2019

Winnipeg
20° C, Partly cloudy

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Manitoba Opposition says government has broken promise with tax increases

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 18/4/2012 (2677 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is brushing aside accusations from the official Opposition that he broke a campaign promise not to raise taxes.

Selinger faced a barrage of questions from the Progressive Conservatives in the legislature Wednesday, one day after the NDP government tabled a budget that increases taxes on fuel and cigarettes. It also expanded the provincial sales tax to new items ranging from manicures to insurance.

"I want to ask the premier, is he not concerned that his credibility is now in tatters?" Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen said in the legislature.

"I'm pleased that yesterday's budget follows through on what we said we would do to protect front-line services for Manitobans. I'm pleased that we've kept the sales tax the second-lowest in the country," Selinger replied.

Get the full story:

Already have an account? Log in here »

Keep reading free:

Already have an account? Log in here »

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 30 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Mon to Sat Delivery

Pay

$34.36

per month

  • Includes all benefits of All Access Digital
  • 6-day delivery of our award-winning newspaper
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 18/4/2012 (2677 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

WINNIPEG - Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is brushing aside accusations from the official Opposition that he broke a campaign promise not to raise taxes.

Selinger faced a barrage of questions from the Progressive Conservatives in the legislature Wednesday, one day after the NDP government tabled a budget that increases taxes on fuel and cigarettes. It also expanded the provincial sales tax to new items ranging from manicures to insurance.

"I want to ask the premier, is he not concerned that his credibility is now in tatters?" Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen said in the legislature.

"I'm pleased that yesterday's budget follows through on what we said we would do to protect front-line services for Manitobans. I'm pleased that we've kept the sales tax the second-lowest in the country," Selinger replied.

The premier maintained a similar tone outside the chamber where he was repeatedly asked whether he acknowledges breaking a promise.

"I acknowledge that we've generated more revenues to reinvest in essential services and infrastructure."

The Tories pointed to a leaders debate in Brandon last September in which Selinger said, according to a written transcript, that the government had "a five-year plan to ensure that we have future prosperity without any tax increases and we'll deliver on that."

The NDP also made the promise in writing, including a Sept. 2, 2011, news release that said its five-year economic plan was "on track to return the budget to balance by 2014 while protecting jobs and services without raising taxes."

"He said no tax increases in the election; he's done the exact opposite," McFadyen said.

The NDP were returned to power last October for a fourth consecutive mandate with 37 of 57 seats.

Selinger was also on the defensive Wednesday over how he plans to use the budget's hike in gasoline taxes, which are increasing by 2.5 cents a litre. The increase will result in an extra $47 million a year, and Selinger promised that every cent will be used for needed road and bridge work.

The day after the budget, however, he admitted that spending on roads and bridges will not increase by that amount. The extra tax money will be used to maintain current spending levels, with a slight increase overall expected.

"We're saying the gas tax is going into sustaining a record investment in roads," said Selinger, who pointed to a jump in capital works that started four years ago.

Ottawa is expected to transfer less money this year for infrastructure work, Selinger said, due in part to a federal stimulus program winding down. That leaves the province to foot more of the bill. Still, Manitoba already spends twice as much on road work as it takes in from its fuel taxes, Selinger said.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

By submitting your comment, you agree to abide by our Community Standards and Moderation Policy. These guidelines were revised effective February 27, 2019. Have a question about our comment forum? Check our frequently asked questions.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us