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Manitoba Liberals Would Spend Tax Hike on Infrastructure

October 14, 2014 1:15 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Rana Bokhari

Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari addresses the media on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. (SHANE GIBSON / METRO WINNIPEG)

If the Manitoba Liberals form the next provincial government, the one percent PST hike will be dedicated squarely to the province’s infrastructure deficit.

Liberal leader Rana Bokhari said on Tuesday the additional one percent PST increase from last year isn’t being used as promised.

“That is why the Liberal Party would dedicate a true one percent of the PST revenue to municipalities, so that our cities and RMs can address the infrastructure deficit in a meaningful way.”

Bokhari says some of the increase has been diverted to flood mitigation and the province’s general revenue stream, and isn’t being used exclusively for infrastructure needs.

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives have promised to revert the PST back to seven percent if elected.