Taxes, service cuts hot topics at Redford’s economic summit

CALGARY – Premier Alison Redford’s first economic summit primed Albertans for a consumption tax, foreshadowed coming service cuts and reiterated the need to access new markets for oilsands products.

Virtually all of the economists at the summit agreed a sales tax makes financial sense for Alberta, either because it will lower personal and corporate taxes or because it will underwrite government spending.

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