Alberta's NDP rolled out its election platform Sunday in Edmonton promising more social program spending and asking the top 10% of wage earners and corporations to pick up the tab.
Notley says a proposed hike in the corporate tax rate plus a move to "progressive" taxation in which the rate increases as income rises won't hurt jobs or business investment despite economists who say otherwise.
"I don't think that's very likely, I've talked to people in the business sector. They say there's a lot of things that contribute to a healthy economic investment environment. Corporate tax rates are one of them but the overall picture is how competitive are we. How competitive are we in relation to the fact we don't have a tax rate which is a good thing and the Alberta advantage remains in place," says Notley.
In an all candidates debate on the weekend, PC leader Jim Prentice warned now is not the time to raise corporate tax rate; saying an increase would lead to more layoffs at a time when the province is already losing jobs at a significant rate.
Alberta lost 50,000 jobs in the first three months of the year due to the plunge in oil prices.
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