NDP would decrease gas tax

Lorraine Michael, leader of the NDP, said yesterday that her party would eliminate the provincial portion of the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. “It’s perfectly fair to have taxes. We have to have taxes, but it is not fair to tax people on a tax,” Michael said at a campaign event near a gas station on Elizabeth Avenue. Michael said the gas tax cut will save consumers about 3.5 cents per litre, and put about $35 million back into people’s pockets. Michael made the announcement a day after revealing an election platform that included imposing a new surtax on offshore oil companies. That tax would be used to pay for broadened social spending.

Source: CBC

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