April 24, 2014 2:25 pm

Stephen McNeil wants to remove provincial portion of HST from gas tax

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HALIFAX – As prices soar at the pumps, Nova Scotia’s premier says he intends to approach Ottawa about removing the provincial portion of the harmonized sales tax that is charged on top of the tax drivers pay for gasoline in the province.

Stephen McNeil says while his government could use the revenue he believes the idea of a tax on tax is unfair to consumers.

McNeil says in order to make the change, the province’s HST agreement with the federal government would have to be reopened, and that’s best done with the rest of the Atlantic provinces on board.

He says he will first raise the issue when the Atlantic premiers meet in Saint John, N.B., in May.

He says the removal of the tax would save Nova Scotia drivers about four cents per litre.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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