HALIFAX, NS – On the same day Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie committed to lowering the small business tax to zero per cent, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil admitted he will not lower the HST.
According to the Liberals, McNeil is “committed to reducing the HST, but only when the provincial budget is truly in balance with a surplus sufficient to support the tax reduction.”
“What the Liberals are really saying is Stephen McNeil will continue the wasteful spending of the Dexter NDP,” said Christine Dewell, Progressive Conservative candidate for Halifax Chebucto. “It’s obvious Stephen McNeil has a spending addiction and just can’t help himself.”
The Liberals also have no plan to balance the budget. In September 2012, the Liberals hired Paul Martin’s former pollster to ask Nova Scotians whether the budget should be balanced in 2017 and not 2013.
“With no plan to balance the budget and more spending that will keep taxes high, Stephen McNeil is sounding more and more like Darrell Dexter every day,” says Dewell.
Dewell says the Jamie Baillie Progressive Conservatives are committed to cutting the HST and balancing the budget.
Dewell says the Liberals position on the HST proves they are just like the NDP. Both have expensive agendas that result in high taxes, high power rates, more reckless spending and lost jobs.