Bachand critical of PQ's tax hike plans
Former Liberal finance minister Raymond Bachand is criticizing the PQ's reported plans to raise taxes on businesses and on wealthy Quebecers.
The recently re-elected MNA for Outremont says the proposed hike on Quebecers who earn more than $130,000 could entice some to leave Quebec for Ontario.
The hike, announced through a spokesperson for premier Pauline Marois in a Quebec City newspaper Saturday, would be retroactive, applying to money earned in 2012. The spokesperson wouldn't say how much Marois was planning on raising taxes.
The man who occupied the finance minister's office until last Wednesday also criticized the PQ for underestimating the shortfall that would be caused by the abolition of the Liberals' $200-per-person health tax, ostensibly the justification for the tax hike.
He suggests the PQ were most probably aware of the billion-plus-dollar shortfall that would be caused by abolishing the health tax, but chose to hide it - something which to him, represents either hypocrisy or incompetence on the PQ's part.
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