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PHOTOS: Hundreds Turn Out to Oppose PST Hike

May 2, 2013 9:32 PM | News

Colin Craig - Anti-PST Hike Rally

Colin Craig, prairie director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, addresses the crowd at the Manitoba legislature during an anti-PST hike rally on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Approximately 500 people protested the province’s proposed PST hike on Thursday night.

Hundreds gathered at the Manitoba legislature for the 6 p.m. rally to voice their displeasure with the pending one percent PST hike on July 1. The increase — brought forward in the NDP’s 2013 provincial budget — will see the PST rise to 8%.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF), Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) jointly organized the demonstration, which lasted for about an hour.

Critics also called out the Selinger government for rewriting the law that would bypass a referendum on the increase. The province said the increase in taxes will be spent on infrastructure and future flood protection.

Political opponents have lashed out in recent weeks against the government for breaking their election promise to not raise the sales tax.

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