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Prentice should back down from sales tax talk

MEDICINE HAT, AB (January 13, 2015): Premier Jim Prentice is creating a litany of broken promises as he puts the possibility of raising the price of everything on the backs of taxpayers by putting a sales tax “on the table,” Wildrose Finance Critic Drew Barnes said today.

Prentice made the comments today at an event hosted by the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. 

Barnes said it’s just the latest broken promise from Prentice after he said clearly on Nov. 17 in the Throne Speech, “We will keep our province on a firm fiscal foundation characterized… no sales tax.”

“Mr. Prentice clearly is establish a pattern of backing down on where he stands on the issues,” Barnes said. “He has said time and time again a sales tax was off the table, but now he’s saying it’s on the table. When this broken promise is measured against other broken campaign promises, it’s clear the issues that plagued past PC Premiers are alive and well in Mr. Prentice.”

Barnes said a sales tax would hurt Alberta’s competitive advantage and most directly impact Albertans on fixed or low incomes.

“This would be another dent in the Alberta advantage,” Barnes said. “The Wildrose will fight to maintain Alberta’s low-tax environment and take a clear stand against a provincial sales tax.”