The NDP is starting to ask questions in regards to PST charged to municipal construction projects.
Finance Minister Donna Harpauer says the PST increase was part of a difficult 2017 budget, and that with an improving economy, business in the construction industry will improve.
However, opposition critic Nicole Rancourt says this was a definite hit to the pocket books of municipalities across the province.
“With municipalities getting a lot of their funding cut from this government from both budgets, they’ve been trying to figure out how they’re going to manage the cost, and we know the PST goes directly back to the provincial government, so this is a decision that they could make that municipalities are exempt from this.”
Harpauer says with the economy starting to improve, construction business should do the same.
“However, the economy and the stability within our province is the biggest thing that construction companies need,” Harpauer says. “As soon as there’s growth, there’ll be construction. We’re seeing that growth starting to incline again, so it’s very encouraging in our province.”
Rancourt also says this has slowed down construction progress significantly around Saskatchewan.