NDP tax will cost Abbotsford-Mission families

 The NDP’s new employer health tax will mean higher costs for local municipalities – and these costs will be passed on to Abbotsford-Mission families.

The employer health tax will cost the City of Abbotsford an additional $1.7 million, while the District of Mission will pay an extra $356,000. In both cases, these costs will be passed on to local families in the form of higher property taxes.

In Question Period today, Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson asked Municipal Affairs Minister Selina Robinson why his constituents should be forced to pay higher taxes to replace the MSP. Minister Robinson refused to answer. Instead, Finance Minister Carole James took the question but would not acknowledge that her government’s tax will ultimately cost municipalities and families more.