December 18, 1987 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

William Lesick

Progressive Conservative

Mr. William G. Lesick (Edmonton East):

Mr. Speaker, some three months ago in Edmonton fears that tax reform would impose added costs on municipalities, and by extension
to home owners, were being needlessly perpetuated. So on September 16 I asked the Minister of Finance (Mr. Wilson) whether tax reform would bring added costs to municipalities for performing various services like snow removal and garbage pickup. The Minister indicated then that before announcing anything he would first hear the representations of cities from coast to coast.
As we all now know, the Minister delivered on his promise to consider these views. He has stated that municipalities, school boards, hospitals, colleges and universities would not pay any more after tax reform than they did before.
[DOT] (M40)
The phrases "consultation before implementation" and "participatory government" have been used since the dawn of democracy, but they have never been more evident and more practised than by this Government and this Finance Minister.

Topic:   TAX REFORM
Subtopic:   CONSULTATION WITH AND EFFECT UPON MUNICIPALITIES
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