The Canadian PressMay 25, 2013 15:57
BRANDON, Man. - Manitoba New Democrats have been told the next election campaign is already underway, and the decision to raise the provincial sales tax is a positive, not a negative.
Liam Martin, the premier's chief of staff, told the NDP's annual convention today this year's budget move to raise the tax "smoked out" Opposition Leader Brian Pallister.
Martin says Pallister's response — calling for spending cuts instead of a tax hike — is a huge opportunity for the NDP politically.
Martin says the cuts would mean fewer front-line workers and cuts to public services.