NDP plan will raise wages for almost 18,000 workers across Cape Breton Island, eliminate tuition for 1800 college students

July 6, 2016

For Immediate Release

Sydney, NS –Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill will be in Sydney, Whitney Pier, Glace Bay, New Waterford, and Dominion over the next three days to speak about the NDP plan to increase the minimum wage, eliminate tuition fees at community colleges, and address hunger and poverty.

The NDP plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 over the next three years will help approximately 17,922 workers in Cape Breton, Victoria, Richmond and Inverness counties to make ends meet. The proposal will also have immediate positive impacts on the economy. Higher wages provide workers will have more money to spend in the local economy.

“Our economy comes down to one single point – people have to live,” said Burrill.  “The minimum wage went up ten cents this year. What does that buy?”

The NDP plan to eliminate community college tuition will help curb student debt for 1,800 full-time college students in Cape Breton. This includes 1,100 students at the Marconi Campus and 700 students at the Strait Area Campus.

“By eliminating community college tuition, we can help open the doors of opportunity to a generation that had them closed,” said Burrill.

Burrill will also be discussing the NDP plan to end hunger by bringing in grocery security legislation. Grocery security ensures that people can afford healthy food from a grocery store, and not rely on food banks. This week, Feed Nova Scotia announced that food bank donations are at a critically low level, threatening their ability to meet the need for food in the province.

Schedule of events:

Sydney-Whitney Pier NDP Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, July 6
Doors at 7:00 p.m., Meeting at 7:30 PM
St. Michael’s Society Hall (Polish Village), Whitney Pier

Public Meeting
Thursday, July 7
7:00 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 3, Glace Bay

Gary will also be meeting with the Cape Breton Ally Centre, the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, the Glace Bay Food Bank, President of Cape Breton University David Wheeler, and the Town Daycare Centre, as well as doing a tour of the coast to view the impacts of coastal erosion.


For more information, contact Betsy MacDonald at (902) 483-5766.