Farrell calls on NDP to eliminate tax on tax on gasoline

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Would immediately reduce gas prices by four cents a litre

Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell is questioning the provincial government's continued tax on a tax when it comes to gasoline.

AMHERST – Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell says it’s time for the NDP government to stop gouging motorists.

Farrell said in a news release Tuesday that Nova Scotians are being overtaxed when it comes to gasoline.

“As Nova Scotians enjoyed the Victoria Day weekend they were again faced with high gas prices at the pumps,” Farrell said. “It’s unfair that Nova Scotians are being overtaxed when it comes to gasoline.”

Farrell said every time Nova Scotians fill up their vehicles they are paying the HSt and then another tax on top of that.

“It’s a tax on a tax,” Farrell said.

Farrell said Premier Darrell Dexter once called the motive tax an immoral application of taxation powers and suggested the premier promised to get rid of the tax if elected.

“It is now coming up on four years since he promised to help ease the pain of filling up and the tax on tax is still in place and still driving people across the border to New Brunswick to fuel up.”

Farrell also questioned an editorial in last week’s Amherst Daily News suggesting the Liberals are not up to the task of reducing the cost of gas.

“It was said that deregulating gas prices would not do enough, which is precisely why Stephen McNeil plans to not only deregulate, but also eliminate the tax on the tax,” Farrell said, adding eliminating the tax would immediately reduce the price of gas by four cents a litre. “The overall price of gas has increased by about 23 per cent since the NDP took power, and they have done nothing to stem the flow of money from people’s pockets.”

 

Organizations: NDP, Amherst Daily News

Geographic location: New Brunswick

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