MacFarlane: Don't raise tax on bottles

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report released by the Environment Department calls for higher taxes on beverage bottles, but Progressive Conservative Economic Development and Environment critic Karla MacFarlane says Nova Scotia’s can’t afford it. 

A report suggests raising the tax on bottles.

“Nova Scotia families can’t afford to pay more,” said MacFarlane. “Our taxes are already too high. Raising taxes on everyday items like bottles when too many Nova Scotians are already struggling to make ends meet would just be another example of the Liberals’ fiscal incompetence.”

The Revising Our Path Forward Report, released by Nova Scotia Environment in April 2014, recommends altering the bottle-tax structure to enable future increases. Currently consumers pay 10-cents per bottle, 5 cents of which is retrieved through returning the bottle to a recycling depot. The proposed changes would allow for increases to the per-bottle tax.

MacFarlane wants Environment Minister Randy DeLorey to guarantee there will be no tax hikes on beverage bottles.

“Increasing this tax would immediately impact families at the grocery store,” said MacFarlane. “The Liberals need to finally put consumers and their families first and not raise the beverage bottle tax.”

An early version of this discussion paper was reported on last year. That draft suggested raising the bottle tax, but it was dismissed by the NDP government. The report included an example of doubling the fee on glass bottles to 20 cents per bottle.

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Environment

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Valda Walsh
    July 23, 2014 - 08:37

    I read the report and it does NOT call for higher taxes. It is stating to restructure the current dime (or deposit) to be more accountable to the cost to manage the system. More accountability with our government programs, isn't that what we want?? The fee (not tax!) will increase ONLY if costs to manage the product increase and will carefully be reviewed in full transparency. Managing our waste and keeping it out of the ditches is a man-made problem and this is a reasonable proposed solution.

  • Pictou East voter
    July 21, 2014 - 12:43

    Here we go again! If its not Tim Houston complaining about this or that it`s Karla MacFarlane. You two have been there now a whole 8 months now and it appears that nobody can do anything right in government unless its the PC way and we all know were that lead us in the past. Why not get all the info and than converse with the government before you as usual start tearing things apart before you know what your talking about. People are really sick and tired of your constant complaining about how the liberal government is so incompetent. It is any wonder why we are not getting anything in our region. maybe just maybe if you work with the government instead of being so critical or should I saw hypocritical we may see some projects coming this way . Before you shot it down lets see what it`s all about first.