03/17/2016 11:25 EDT | Updated 03/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Manitoba Conservative leader promises return to tax referendums

WINNIPEG — Manitoba's Progressive Conservative party will reinstate a referendum on major tax increases if it forms government after the April 19 election.

Leader Brian Pallister says cabinet ministers would have their salary cut by 20 per cent if they broke that promise.

The NDP government changed its balanced budget legislation and overrode the need for a referendum when it raised the provincial sales tax.

The Conservative party took the government to court over the move, but lost.

Pallister says people deserve to have a say if the government increases income, business or retail taxes.

He says the referendum promise would not include minor tax increases on things such as tobacco.

The Canadian Press