Pallister Calls on Province to Give Low-Income Workers Tax Break

By Sarah Klein

Progressive Conservative Party leader Brian Pallister (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba’s opposition is calling on the provincial government to raise the personal tax exemption rate to benefit the working-poor.

Progressive Conservative Party leader Brian Pallister said Wednesday the governing NDP is only slowly increasing the rate of take-home pay before tax kicks in. In Manitoba, that rate is $8,634, compared to Saskatchewan’s almost $15,000 and Alberta’s $17,000.

“Increasing the basic personal exemption offers tax advantages to all Manitobans, but most importantly it helps those who need the money the most,” Pallister said.

Pallister said increasing the personal exemption to be on par with the Canadian average would save Manitoba workers $200 each year.

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