As Nova Scotians deal with an unprecedented affordability crisis, the Nova
Scotia Liberal Party is calling on the Houston government to cut the
provincial gas tax.
After months of pressure to provide support to Nova Scotians, the Houston
government brought forward a new excuse when asked why they wouldn’t
cut the provincial gas tax by blaming Ottawa.
“Rather than helping people, the Houston government has once again
chosen to point fingers elsewhere,” says Finance critic Fred Tilley. “Minister
MacMaster has misled the public by saying they can’t provide support,
which is simply untrue.”
The statement was refuted by the federal government, who confirmed the
Houston government has every right to waive the tax to help people
shoulder unstable fuel costs. Other provinces such as Alberta and Ontario
have waived the tax; there is no reason why Nova Scotia cannot follow suit.
“Cutting the gas tax is a simple way the Houston government can help
Nova Scotians,” says Tilley. “Now that they know they can, will they?”