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Steeves Tackles Tax Talk at Judy’s Front Door

September 2, 2014 3:43 PM | News

Gord Steeves

Gord Steeves (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves took his Tuesday news conference to the steps of frontrunner Judy Wasylycia-Leis‘s campaign office to tout a tax freeze.

The former city councillor said if elected he would implement a property tax freeze, saying his former NDP MP opponent would increase taxes by 12 percent.

“When I was on council, we froze property taxes, yet more that doubled our spending for infrastructure,” Steeves said. “We did it in an intelligent way which did not hurt ordinary citizens. I will not raise your property taxes as mayor.”

Steeves said when Wasylycia-Leis was an NDP cabinet minister in 1987, her government levied the single-largest tax increase in Manitoba history — raising taxes 37 percent in one year.

— Staff