HST increase a bad idea for P.E.I. economy, says Progressive Conservative MLA Matthew MacKay

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Opposition MLA Matthew MacKay

A growing chorus of groups speaking out against an HST hike should be a clear message to the MacLauchlan government, says Kensington-Malpeque MLA 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,” MacKay said Friday.

“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.”

A number of business and lobby groups are publicly weighing in against the idea of the MacLauchlan government increasing the HST to 15 per cent.

The New Brunswick government recently announced an HST increase to 15 per cent to match Nova Scotia's HST rate after Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil publicly advocated for the creation of a common regional HST rate.

The list of groups speaking out against an HST increase in Prince Edward Island includes the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I., the Greater Charlottetown Area 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,” MacKay said.


Organizations: Tourism Industry Association, Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

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  • Eastern Observer
    February 27, 2016 - 10:43

    Islanders who voted for Wade and the majority of Ghiz's gang are now getting what they deserve! Too bad that ALL Islanders have to suffer the consequences with them!!

  • Folks
    February 27, 2016 - 08:53

    Liberals and Conservatives are cut from the same cloth. Whoever is in do as they please, make themselves rich on the backs of hard working Islanders. Just keep embarrassing them in public, thats the part they can't take. Pull a microphone out and you can't find an honest one. MLA Bevan BAker is an honest man, he is releasing all his expenses, speaking up with mature professional opinions. If he was our Premier I am sure all of this mistruths and coverups would be gone. Mr Premier is a one man show but very dishonest to the public, who lets face it, he cares less about us. Its all about him and Duncan traveling the world at our expense

  • EL Douglas
    February 27, 2016 - 08:24

    The implementation of the HST was supposed to eliminate the liberal government deficit - it did not! The government outright lied about bringing the HST is before the election. Now, are we to believe that a 1% increase would eliminate the deficit? Do you think they are any more honest now?

  • Big Joe
    February 27, 2016 - 07:30

    Islanders can blame themselves for everything they get. Prior to the last election there was lots of talk about a hike to the HST, but the electorate voted them in, anyway. If the Liberals would get out of the banking business there old be no need for such high taxes. And you can depend IRAC will honor Maritime Electric's latest application for an increase in electricity rates, too, so that more tax money will pour into the grab bag. You asked for it, so live with it!

  • don
    February 26, 2016 - 15:37

    MacKay what are you smoking. do you really think the liberals cares what any one thinks they have the power like ghiz and justen. they will hike it to what ever they want and you or no one can stop them.

  • James Taxpayer
    February 26, 2016 - 15:31

    I would say that Premier Wade will certainly follow suit of the other two provinces and raise the HST.WE CAN NOT AFFORD THIS HIKE . WE WILL HAVE NO SAY

  • Actually
    February 26, 2016 - 13:30

    It is the "Liberal" government - not the MacLauchlan government.

  • charlie brown
    February 26, 2016 - 13:19

    Don't worry , if there's a wrong thing to be done , we elected the right bunch. Gouge and spend or write off loan's no sensible financial institute would touch in the first place. AKA , the liberal party of P.E.I..