Manitoba Tories, NDP threaten more court battles over PST decision

There may be more legal battles over the Manitoba government's sales tax increase.

Progressive Conservatives may appeal court's dismissal of case, NDP may seek costs from Tories

Hundreds of people protested at the Manitoba Legislature in June 2013 after the NDP government raised the provincial sales tax from 7 to 8 per cent and suspended an earlier requirement to hold a referendum. (CBC)

There may be more legal battles over the Manitoba government's sales tax increase.

Opposition Leader Brian Pallister is not ruling out an appeal of last week's court decision that upheld the tax hike.

Opposition Leader Brian Pallister said Monday he is not ruling out an appeal of last week's court decision that upheld the government's tax hike and its right not to hold a referendum. (CBC)
​Pallister says he hasn't fully read the 15-page ruling or discussed it with his party's lawyer.

The NDP government, meanwhile, says it may ask the court to order Pallister's party to pay some of the $150,000 it spent in legal costs.

Finance Minister Jennifer Howard, shown here in a file photo, said the NDP government may ask the court to order Brian Pallister's party to pay some of the $150,000 it spent in legal costs. (CBC)
Finance Minister Jennifer Howard says the government hired outside lawyers in addition to its own because so much was at stake.

The government hiked the provincial sales tax last year to eight per cent from seven and eliminated a referendum that had been mandatory under the province's balanced budget law.