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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (left) and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger shake hands after a moderated discussion at the opening of the Building Canada Up Summit in Toronto on Wednesday August 6, 2014.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (left) and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger shake hands after a moderated discussion at the opening of the Building Canada Up Summit in Toronto on Wednesday August 6, 2014.
(Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Should Ontario hike its sales tax? Here's what happened to Manitoba

Greg Selinger may be one of the boldest politicians in this country.

Last year, the Manitoba premier took a massive political risk by hiking the provincial sales tax to pay for infrastructure. Over the next five years, the 1-percentage-point increase is expected to raise $1.5-billion in extra revenue, which will be funnelled into public transit, improved highways and flood protection for the perennially inundated province.