Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wall Considering PST Hike, but Notley Says She Wouldn't Go There without Mandate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wall Considering PST Hike, but Notley Says She Wouldn't Go There without Mandate

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Notley says voters must have say before PST

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SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she wouldn't bring in a provincial sales tax without seeking a mandate from voters.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said this week his government is considering an increase to consumption taxes as it wrestles with a budget deficit brought on in part by low resource prices.

In a Facebook post made ahead of his government's budget Wednesday, Wall said provinces in Western Canada have been dependent on resource revenue for too long and that needs to change.

Alberta has some of the same budgetary problems as its neighbour to the east, but Notley says a sales tax is not something that can be brought in without first campaigning on it.

"An issue like the sales tax is something that ... you need to put to the population," she said when asked Tuesday about Wall's comments. …

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