The province’s finance minister is defending a controversial move that takes effect Tuesday regarding the provincial sales tax and insurance premiums.
The provincial sales tax will be applied to insurance premiums despite efforts by several groups calling on the Wall government to reverse the move.
Kevin Doherty in a statement e-mailed to 620 CKRM says significant efforts have been made by the government to try to control and reduce spending, but those efforts are not sufficient to fully address the revenue shortfall caused by falling resource prices.
Doherty adds Saskatchewan people need to remember we do not have a health care premium in place as other provinces do, we don’t have a payroll tax, a property transfer tax or a carbon tax.
Those words are hollow when it comes to the NDP.
Finance critic Cathy Sproule says it is crystal clear the government has stopped working for the people by instituting these tax hikes which she refers to as unfair.
Sproule says Saskatchewan is now the only province in Canada where people are forced to pay the PST on health and life insurance which shows how out of touch they have become.