OXFORD – In order for Nova Scotia to be competitive it needs to be fair at the pumps, provincial leader Stephen McNeil says.
In a campaign stop in Oxford on Friday to support Cumberland South candidate Kenny John Jackson, McNeil reaffirmed his commitment to scrap the province’s tax-on-tax policy on fuel.
“We need, obviously, the federal government but one thing I’ve said is that it’s not acceptable when you look at we’re paying tax on tax,” McNeil said. “Within our platform there’s a comprehensive tax review. Not just that tax but looking at all of our taxes; looking at where we can make some adjustments. Where’s the best way to make a difference for Nova Scotians and economic growth.”
The Canadian Tax Payers Federation say Nova Scotia is one of the provinces that charge after levying excise taxes on gasoline and diesel, thereby taxing their own tax. The practice results in an average price difference of three cents between pumps in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.