Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister says he would restore Manitobans' right to vote on any new major taxes if his party is elected on April 19.

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Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister says he would restore Manitobans' right to vote on any new major taxes if his party is elected on April 19.

Pallister, wearing a black suit and no overcoat as he stood in the bright sunshine of the snow-covered Legislative Building grounds, essentially vowed to bring back a law passed by Gary Filmon's PC administration in the 1990s.

That measure required a referendum be held before the government could hike three major taxes: the retail sales tax, personal income tax and the post-secondary levy.

It means that the Tories have rejected an NDP plan for creating a new tax bracket for high-income (more than $170,000 a year) earners.

The Selinger government set aside the need for a plebiscite when it raised the provincial sales tax in 2013.

Pallister also pledged to mandate a 20 per cent ministerial salary cut for members of the cabinet who try to take away Manitobans' right to vote on the imposition of a major tax hike.

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Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

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