After closing the door to corporate tax hikes on the grounds they would cost jobs, Alberta PC leader Jim Prentice says he'd consider an increase once the economy improves.
Prentice attended an all candidates debate in his riding of Calgary Foothills on the weekend.
The NDP hammered him over his decision not to increase corporate taxes given the PC party's proposed hikes in dozens of other levies that will hit taxpayers.
Prentice dug in his heels during the debate saying a corporate tax hike in Alberta would lead to job losses but later softened his position during a scrum with reporters:
"This is a time when we should be hanging onto every job we can in this province we can have a discussion about this another time but at this point, we're fighting to protect every job in this province because we're seeing job losses in this province on a significant scale."
Asked by The Rebel if "another time" meant "when the economy is better," Prentice responded in the affirmative.
He says the province has lost almost 50,000 jobs in the first three months of the year.
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