The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is speaking out against NDP leadership candidate Theresa Oswald’s proposed provincial pension plan announced on Sunday.
CTF Prairie director Colin Craig says it’s a disappointing and poorly thought-out policy idea.
“Manitobans already pay some of the highest income taxes in Canada and are still reeling from her government’s sales tax increase,” Craig said. “Instead of forcing everyone to pay a new payroll tax, the government should scale back golden employee pensions, cut wasteful spending and use the savings to reduce taxes for everyone.”
Craig said Oswald’s plan would hurt low income Manitobans who already pay the second-highest income taxes in the country.
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“Many businesses are still having a difficult time with the PST increase, Manitoba’s payroll tax and the province’s high property taxes,” added Craig. “Another tax increase won’t help keep the Cabela’s of the world here.”
The NDP leadership convention is March 8. Oswald is running against Premier Greg Selinger and former minister Steve Ashton.