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Liberals Would Give Municipalities ‘Fair Share’ of PST

March 29, 2016 12:43 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

Rana Bokhari

Manitoba Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari is shown in a handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Manitoba’s Liberals would give municipalities their fair share of the PST to fund infrastructure needs if elected.

Leader Rana Bokhari said her government would divert the one percent PST increase to a municipal infrastructure fund on a per capita basis. Municipalities could then use the funds at their discretion on infrastructure projects they identify as a priority in their communities.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities’ Fair Share — Fair Say campaign has been asking for an increase in tax dollars to tackle infrastructure.

“We feel an open and transparent fund that distributes money directly to municipal governments will give those local governments the power to make the choices that best fit their needs,” Bokhair said.

“This is a no-brainer to us and the idea that we should be picking and choosing priorities makes no sense.”