NDP

Peterson-Rafuse: Liberal budget bad for rural Nova Scotia

May 13, 2015


(Chester, NS) Chester- St. Margaret’s NDP MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse says rural Nova Scotia received a raw deal from the McNeil government in the spring session of the Nova Scotia Legislature, which concluded earlier this week.

“This spring the McNeil government slashed jobs, services and economic opportunities for people in rural Nova Scotia,” says Peterson-Rafuse. “The McNeil government also eliminated the government department specifically tasked with helping rural Nova Scotia.”

Peterson-Rafuse says the McNeil government’s decision to cut the Film Tax Credit knowing communities in rural Nova Scotia, like Chester, would be hurt is very upsetting.

“Millions of dollars from our local economy and good paying jobs will be lost as a direct result of the McNeil government’s decision to cut the Film Tax Credit,” says Peterson-Rafuse, who also serves as Department of Business critic.

This session the NDP introduced whistleblower protection legislation for teachers and health care workers, a bill to provide nurse to patient ratios, legislation to ensure universities have clear sexual assault policies in place, a bill to allow for provincial consultation on environmental racism, and Gordie Gosse’s bill to provide the HPV vaccine to boys and young men.

“It’s time for the McNeil government to stop picking fights and creating chaos and focus on making life better for people in rural Nova Scotia,” says Peterson-Rafuse.