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Provincial party leaders urged to commit to referendums in CFIB election survey

Winnipeg, February 22, 2016 – Manitobans want a provincial referendum before any increase in major taxes, according to the latest poll results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

A recent public opinion poll conducted by NRG Research Group for CFIB found 72 per cent of Manitobans believe there should be provincial referendums before raising the PST or personal income taxes. A similar CFIB member survey found 88 per cent of Manitoba small business owners want provincial tax hike referendums.

“Manitobans have been crystal clear: they want to be consulted directly on major tax hikes and they deserve the right to hold their elected officials accountable,” said Elliot Sims, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs for Manitoba. “The coming provincial election is an ideal opportunity for all political parties to show they agree with Manitobans by committing to holding a referendum before raising the PST or personal income taxes.”

CFIB issued a letter to all major political party leaders in Manitoba this morning, urging them to show their commitment to tax accountability. CFIB will announce which parties have committed to holding a referendum before increasing the PST or personal income tax through the results of its 2016 Leaders’ Survey on Small Business Issues.

Read CFIB’s survey backgrounder for full polling results.

To arrange an interview with Elliot Sims, Director, Provincial Affairs, Manitoba please call 1-888-234-2232, 204-982-0817, or e-mail [email protected].  You can also follow Elliot on Twitter at @cfibMB.

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members (4,800 in Manitoba) across every sector and region.