Only a sales tax can salvage Alberta’s economy

As we all attempt to deal with the COVID-19 virus, I realize that we are all dealing with daily survival.

No one could argue that it has not had a massive change to the world we knew.

The Alberta economy has been hit particularly hard and there appears no clear recovery in site.

It is time for a provincial sales tax. Economists have argued for decades that Alberta needs a tax, like all other Canadian jurisdictions, to help with the volatility of oil prices.

Volatility does not seem to describe, appropriately, the price of oil these days.

This UCP government must move away from their ideology of refusal to consider a tax and do what is right for the citizens of this province.

No one wants to pay more taxes. Ask yourself, what is the alternative?

No degree of slashing will balance the provincial budget in the future, nor will a sales tax on its own.

This must be considered and implemented for the future of our province.

UCP ideology should not stand in the way of finding real and helpful solutions to this crisis; will they stand up and do what’s right?

Barry Johns,

Sylvan Lake

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