New Brunswick Tories, Liberals fight over taxes
Liberals plan to raise taxes for wealthiest New Brunswickers, reverse property tax cut to businesses
With less than a week to go before the official start of the election campaign, the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals are fighting over taxes.
The Liberals released their plan to bring in $63 million in revenue by taxing businesses and the wealthy.
Gallant said even some of the province's biggest corporations said they didn't want that tax cut.
"The business council even said that they were surprised that they got this tax break, and that it wasn't necessary," said Gallant.
Higgs said New Brunswick Business Council CEO Susan Holt once spoke in favour of the cut.
"She supported it and said 'This does make sense, I didn't realize it had that sort of benefit to small business,'" said Higgs.
However, on Thursday Holt maintained the government would have been better off keeping the tax and using the revenues to pay down the deficit.
"Does the NBBC like prop tax cuts or not? Will prop tax cuts balance the budget? Nope," she said on Twitter.
She also said the Liberal plan doesn't go far enough to increase revenues, but at least Gallant is putting out specific proposals with specific dollar figures.
She said other political parties should do the same.