Editor: Don Gallant of Charlottetown is chastising those of us who have been complaining about the Ghiz government’s steadfast refusal to increase the basic personal exemption in P.E.I. income tax (“Islanders want cake, eat it too,” today’s Guardian). The government tied all their fees and licenses to the Consumer Price Index, but not the tax rates. He says: “I also find it amusing that the same people who believe our taxes are too high also believe the deficit is too high.”
Well, Mr. Gallant, I’ll wager one of your day’s 40-cent tax hikes (that you think is no big deal) that you’re among the minority who find that amusing. Maybe 40 cents a day isn’t much, but to working people making low wages (the majority on P.E.I.), they find it hard to stomach, especially when you throw in a salary increase for our MLAs, the new HST (which is taking a heck of a lot more out of people’s wallets than your 40 cents) and the government gorging itself on those mega-projects like Plan B. Working people are finding it harder every day making ends meet, feeding their families healthy food and keeping the house warm in winter.
The last thing they need is attitude.