While Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says there will be no sales tax despite the deficit, it does have Albertans thinking about how the province will get out of this debt.
Ceci spoke at the Calgary Chamber recently and said he promises not to put in a PST.
Though the business community is thinking differently, saying they wouldn’t mind a new avenue to raise revenue.
Without the PST, the NDP government says they plan to be back in the black by 2024.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s Paige McPherson joined the Ryan Jespersen Show on Monday to chat about the idea of a PST in Alberta.
“The sales tax idea is not the silver bullet we need to fill the budget hole in Alberta. We have a $14 billion deficit when you include infrastructure spending and borrowing. We would need an insanely high rated sales tax to solve that problem, which is roughly 14 per cent.”
What do you think of bringing in a sales tax in Alberta?