• 2014 09 05 Steeves

    Wasylycia-Leis tied to NDP’s PST hike

    She raised the PST once and now pledges to raise percent property tax by at least 12 percent

    Winnipeg’s economy will be endangered by a Judy Wasylycia-Leis NDP administration at City Hall because of increased property taxes of at least 12 percent, mayoral candidate Gord Steeves said today.

    “I have a plan to freeze property taxes,” Steeves said. “But my chief opponent Judy Wasylycia-Leis has promised to raise property taxes by at least 12 percent. She is tied to a provincial NDP government which pledged not to raise the PST, then raised it to eight percent.”

    We have now seen the effects of an NDP government at the provincial level. Provincial debt has nearly tripled from $13 billion to $31 billion. The province’s credit rating is in danger of putting the City of Winnipeg’s credit rating in danger. Wasylycia-Leis promised to raise debt when she pushes through the Phase 2 of the Bus Rapid Transit. She has already started down the same road as the NDP.

    “We don’t have to guess how a Judy Wasylycia-Leis-led City Hall will fare because the provincial NDP government has already shown that plan to be a financial disaster,” Steeves said. “The NDP even raised taxes on the city government because of the PST increase.”

    Judy Wasylycia-Leis was a cabinet minister when the NDP raised the PST in 1987. The PST increase harmed the very people the NDP proclaims to help: the working poor, working families, students and seniors who can least afford to pay higher taxes.More recently, the NDP lied to voters about the idea of raising the PST, first calling it a ridiculous idea before raising it.

    Wasylycia-Leis’s campaign staff includes three members of Premier Greg Selinger’s staff. Selinger’s senior staff is running her campaign to ensure that his influence will have a direct impact on the future of the city. Increasing taxes, increasing spending, and increasing debt is the Selinger blueprint. Wasylycia-Leis had a choice to speak out against the PST increase which she knows hurts Manitobans. She didn’t, now we know why. With Selinger’s senior staff advising her, can you trust Judy Wasylycia-Leis to stop at a 12 percent property tax increase?

    Gord Steeves has spoken up for Winnipeggers tired of NDP politicians who increase taxes and deliver few, if any results, in return. Why didn’t Judy Wasylycia-Leis speak up for the working poor, young families, students and seniors affected by the PST increase? She didn’t oppose those tax increases because she wants to hike other taxes too.

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