Pain at the pumps result of broken HST promise
Borden-Carleton – Island consumers, truckers and businesses are feeling added pain at the pumps on fuel prices thanks to a broken promise not to raise taxes by the MacLauchlan government, says Opposition Leader and Opposition Transportation Critic Jamie Fox.
“Many Islanders were shocked to see a double whammy on the weekend with fuel price increases and tax increases from the HST. Island consumers, truckers and businesses are paying more in fuel costs to travel and do business thanks to the broken promise by the MacLauchlan government to not raise the HST. Island consumers and small businesses are hurting and the MacLauchlan government just doesn’t seem to care,” says Fox.
During the 2015 provincial election the MacLauchlan Liberals committed to not raise taxes, fees or levies on Islanders in an all-party policy questionnaire from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Despite that commitment, increases to fees and levies for a wide range of public services have been increased by the MacLauchlan government since the last election. Most notably the MacLauchlan government rammed through an increase to the HST which took effect on October 1, driving the price of gasoline and diesel fuel higher by more than four cents a litre.
“Raising taxes like the HST isn’t going to improve dismal job creation or make it easier for families to get by. It’ll just make household essentials like fuel more difficult to afford for more Islanders,” says Fox.