December 19th, 2019

Fiscal update shows room for investment in people

HALIFAX- Today’s fiscal update shows the serious need to start investing in people.

“The Premier claims everything is fine and the economy is doing well, but for thousands of people in our province this is simply not the case,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Many people are crushed by debt, unable to afford a decent place to live, and working two or three jobs to make ends meet. We can do better than that.”

The coming provincial budget needs to take urgent steps to address the serious problems in mental health care and long-term care, the rising cost of renting or owning a home, and the need to focus on creating green jobs.

“There is no doubt that in Nova Scotia there are incredible people doing incredible things, but there are also serious issues affecting us,” said Claudia Chender, NDP Finance Spokesperson. “The government is doing well for some people, but it is failing others. For many Nova Scotians, talking about our economic success just doesn’t match their lived experience.”

New Democrats are focused on proposing solutions to the problems people face, including same-day/next-day mental health appointments, opening new long-term care beds, implementing rent controls and regulating short-term rentals, and addressing climate change through laws like the Green Jobs Act.