Conservatives call on federal government to support amendments to Saskatchewan Act

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REGINA – Today, the Saskatchewan Conservative Regional Caucus urged the federal government to support the Saskatchewan Government’s approved motion to repeal Section 24 of the Saskatchewan Act.

Section 24 of the Saskatchewan Act contains a contentious exemption for Canadian Pacific Railway from various Saskatchewan provincial taxes. In order for this section to be removed, a similar motion must now be passed at the federal level.

“Canada’s Conservatives are calling on Justin Trudeau to listen to the Saskatchewan government and support the motion we have put before the house to repeal section 24 of the Saskatchewan Act,” said Kevin Waugh, Chair of the Saskatchewan Conservative Caucus.

The tax loss to Saskatchewan would hurt provincial services if the Liberal government refuses to stand up for tax fairness and ensure that CP Rail pays its fair share to the people of Saskatchewan. CP Rail is a massively profitable company, and there is no reason why they should enjoy an exemption from provincial taxes. There is also no reason why Justin Trudeau should delay in responding to the provincial government’s request.

“Canada’s Conservatives are always on Saskatchewan’s side. We will use every tool at our disposal to move this motion through the House of Commons, so those tax dollars stay in Saskatchewan.”

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