Government should invest extra revenue in public services
The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, says “Minister Wes Sheridan’s stance on refusing to increase the basic personal income tax exemption will bring more money into the province’s coffers, and should be used to adequately fund public services for Islanders.”
Debbie Bovyer says “the province has an obligation to fund public services on Prince Edward Island.” She points out that the government has cut approximately 600 positions during their current mandate. The largest cuts were made to casual workers in the Department of Transportation. Other cuts also affected social workers, youth workers, liquor control commission workers, property guards, librarians, and workers in the Department of Environment.
“Using our tax dollars to better fund public services will benefit all Islanders, especially those in low income brackets,” says Bovyer. “Public services are the great equalizer. They are accessible to all Canadians regardless of their social or economic status. However, access to health care, education and a clean environment must never be taken for granted – they require funding and we collectively pay for these services through our taxes.”
President Bovyer adds that “over the years organizations like the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) have tried to convince people that taxes are bad. They don’t want to remind people about the connection between our taxes and the services we receive. They don’t want to remind people that our taxes are used to provide a better standard of living and quality of life for us all.”
Please contact Mark Barrett at 892-5335 (or toll-free at 1-800- 897-8773) to arrange an interview.