Growing chorus says no to HST hike: MacKay

Kensington - The growing chorus of groups speaking out against an HST hike should be a clear message to the MacLauchlan government, says Kensington-Malpeque MLA and Opposition Economic Development and Tourism Critic Matthew MacKay.

“At a time when our economy is bleeding jobs taking even more money out of the pockets of Islanders through an HST hike is a bad idea by the MacLauchlan government. An HST hike will punish vulnerable Islanders, restrict economic growth and drive up existing costs like power rates. As an Opposition we've been saying this for some time and a growing number of groups are also speaking out against an HST hike,” said MacKay.

A growing chorus of diverse groups are publicly weighing in against the idea of the MacLauchlan government increasing the HST to fifteen percent. The New Brunswick government recently announced an HST increase to fifteen percent there to match Nova Scotia's HST rate and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has publicly lobbied for PEI and New Brunswick to increase their HST to create a regional HST rate of fifteen percent. The list of groups speaking out against an HST hike on Prince Edward Island includes the Tourism Industry Association of PEI, the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the Council of Canadians.

“We know when the HST came in it devastated the building sector on the Island and it still hasn't recovered. I hope the MacLauchlan government listens to common sense and abandons its plans for an HST hike,” said MacKay.

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