May 15th, 2017

NDP: Together we can do this

Gary Burrill releases NDP election platform

HALIFAX- Today, NDP leader Gary Burrill shared his party’s honest plan to invest in the people of Nova Scotia with the release of the NDP election platform.

“People in Nova Scotia ought to be doing so much better than they are,” said Burrill. “For nearly four years, Stephen McNeil has focused on what we can’t do. I believe in the people of Nova Scotia. There is so much we can do.”

The NDP election platform focuses on:

- Investing in our hospitals, schools and communities;

- Creating an economy where everyone has a fair chance to make ends meet;

- Opening the doors of opportunity to a generation of young people who have largely had them shut;

- Making sure that our people have access to clean air and water and protect our environment now and for generations to come.

The NDP election platform also includes investments and tax changes announced in the Liberals’ pre-election budget, with the exception of the controversial project at Bayer’s Lake.

“The time for more McNeil Liberal cuts and short-sighted planning is over,” added Burrill. “We need a plan that includes investments in the things that matter most to people like health care, education, and opportunities for young people.”

If elected, an NDP government will:

-Invest $120 million to build new primary care clinics and hire more doctors, nurse practitioners, and health professionals;

-Restore $8.3 million in cuts to long-term care and invest an additional $60 million to help seniors get the care they need;

-Repeal Bill 75 and start meaningful negotiations with teachers, introduce class caps for all grades, taking class composition into account, and hire the necessary specialists;

-Work with the creative industry to re-establish the Film Tax Credit and other financing and development programs cut in 2015 for Nova Scotia filmmakers.

“By listening and rebuilding partnerships and relationships we can chart a better course,” said Burrill. “Together, we can really do this.”

The platform can be viewed online at https://action.nsndp.ca/page/-/NSNDP2017Platform.pdf