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PCs ratchet up tax talk

EDMONTON, AB (January 29, 2013): Premier Alison Redford’s conference call with PC supporters and a new government website dedicated to increasing revenues indicate her PC government will resort to hiking taxes on Alberta families, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

During the call, Redford said “there’s a place” for discussing a Provincial Sales Tax in Alberta. On the same day, a new government website was discovered that showed implementing a PST on Albertans would raise an extra $6 billion in revenues for Redford’s government to spend. Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said these are further indications of where the PC government intends to go to fix the fiscal mess they have created. “This is a government incapable of restraining themselves and actually getting spending under control. Naturally, they see tax hikes as the easy way out,” Smith said. “The simple fact is Alberta has never had a stronger revenue stream. The solution isn’t to compromise Alberta’s competitive edge by raising taxes. The solution is to stop spending at record levels.” Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said the PCs are also attempting to sugar coat the effects their return to debt will have on future generations. “Debt servicing costs are crippling jurisdictions around the world and the PCs are pretending as though returning to debt will have no consequences,” Anderson said. “This is all money that will have to be repaid, with interest, by our children. Alberta worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a lot to eliminate the debt leftover from the Getty years. Redford is intent on taking us down that road again.” Anderson said the Wildrose Official Opposition will soon release a debt-free capital plan that lays out a plan for how to build necessary infrastructure without going into debt.