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Pallister’s tax cuts will slowly starve hospitals and schools

March 7, 2019 - 12:00 AM

March 7, 2019

WINNIPEG- Premier Brian Pallister’s crass attempts to win popularity with tax cuts will drain core public programs of funding, says Unifor.

“Tax cuts are a gift to the wealthy and a slap in the face to working families,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Pallister’s tax cuts mean one thing for working families: inferior hospitals and schools.”

The Pallister government has come under heavy criticism for making large funding cuts to the healthcare sector, something the new tax cuts will only exacerbate. Other areas, such as infrastructure, have been suffering under Pallister after he cancelled projects and turned down $1 billion in matching federal funds.

Unifor says that massive tax cuts couldn’t come at a worse time.

“Manitobans rely on the government to strengthen public healthcare and other core public services,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “By definition, public services are the things 99% of individual families could not pay for by themselves. A gimmicky sales tax cut will do nothing to shorten surgery waitlists or shrink class sizes.”

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).