McNeil repeats gas tax pledge, slams NDP policy for border area with N.B.

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AMHERST, N.S. - Nova Scotia's Liberal leader used a campaign stop in Amherst to pitch his fuel tax cut and slam NDP fuel policy for the area that borders New Brunswick.
Stephen McNeil also talked about his party's long-held pledge to scrap the province's system of gas regulation if elected.
McNeil says gas regulation puts the province at a competitive disadvantage, especially in communities along the border with New Brunswick where gasoline is generally sold at up to five cents a litre cheaper.
He repeated a pledge that a Liberal government would cut the fuel tax by four cents a litre over the next four years, a move the party platform says would save motorists more than $166 million.
McNeil was critical of an NDP promise to cut the gas tax in the area's Cumberland North riding, saying the proposal would simply pit Nova Scotia communities and counties against one another.
He says the only fair thing to do is to offer a provincewide tax cut.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Cumberland North

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  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 11:09

    So what happens when we try to eliminate the toll? Do we say that we can't because the tax difference in Cumberland county or do we eliminate it and place the tax back on fuel? See... that's what will happen. Attach the two issues together and they'll have you by the short and curly's should you try to move on either issue. It'll be a combo problem instead of a singular one. It's far easier to deal with one issue at a time than both at once. We'll be much further ahead should we eliminate the tax altogether (province wide) and then target the toll. Our chances will be much higher in success for both.

  • Moriarty
    January 18, 2010 - 11:03

    Trust me, the NDP doesn't need to pander for votes. The campaign in CN is over and Skabar's won.

    If you did look at the Flin Flon/Creighton example you would have seen that the price gradually increases the farther from the border one drives, eliminating perceived advantage/disadvantage to any communities.

    It's obvious you don't understand the policy.

  • Moriarty
    January 18, 2010 - 11:03

    I don't get it. So what you're saying is that you would rather have NS tax dollars going to NB?

    I would rather keep those tax dollars in NS thank you very much.

    Again, this is good policy. Recognize it for what it is.

  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 10:40

    We can't eliminate it in time of environmental crisis? By the example you use (in not getting rid of the tax) are you proposing that the rest of the province should be forced to pay our share? Should we be exempt from this tax yet no one else? That's a little selfish.

    What the NDP is proposing, as I stated yesterday and what is stated in the artical today, will do nothing but pit NS community against NS community. No thanks. I don't see simply shrugging off our discomfort to another NS area as a good thing.

  • Moriarty
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    McNeill and Noiles fail to recognize that there's a natural border for this policy. The Cobequid Pass. People on the other side aren't going to pay 8 bucks to cross into Cumberland County to save a 4 bucks on gas.

    This is good policy. Wake up Brent and Stephen. You missed the boat!

  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 10:34

    Any policy, that pits NS community against NS community, is a bad policy. If the NDP feels that it is acceptable to do so then they are not a party in touch with the entire province and are only vote pandering in this community. Playing on an old wound in order to gain an edge.

    As yourself I would also like to keep those tax dollars in NS but not at the expense of other NS communities. To want otherwise appears to be selfish and self serving. Dumping our pain onto someone else just doesn't cut it and the party who manages to drive a wedge between communities in the same province will eventually find themselves burned by the same communities they claim to represent. Karma is great that way...

  • Moriarty
    January 18, 2010 - 10:30

    There ya go again with that stuff. We can't really live without a gas tax, besides, to eliminate the gas tax in time of environmental crisis would be irresponsible political suicide.


    Look up the example in Flin Flon Man. and Creighton Sask.. It'll make ya a believer.