Premier must come clean on HST hike: Compton

BELFAST – Premier Wade MacLauchlan must come clean with Islanders on his plans to raise the HST, says Belfast-Murray River MLA and Opposition Finance Critic Darlene Compton.

“It’s looking more and more like the Premier and his regional counterparts have been cooking up a secret deal behind closed doors to raise taxes again. It’s simply not good enough to say it’s premature to comment at this time. The Premier needs to be crystal clear with Islanders," said Compton.

Compton is disappointed to see this latest chapter in this Liberal government's secretive history around the HST, pointing out that the government broke its promise and brought in the current 14 percent HST in 2012 which has added $80 million dollars a year to the tax bill footed by Island families.

“Raising the HST will hurt Islanders by taking more money out of their pockets. Seniors, families and vulnerable Islanders will bear the brunt of a tax hike. Increasing the HST won't help grow a fragile economy or create jobs for Islanders as recent history has shown," said Compton.

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