Conservatives and Liberals had 16 years to Lower Small Business Tax and Did Nothing

September 9, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP Candidate Becky Kent said today Liberal and Tory governments had 16 years to lower small business taxes but it took and NDP government before taxes for small businesses were reduced in Nova Scotia.

“The Liberals were too focused on cuts, closures and layoffs to think about lowering small business taxes. The Conservatives spent their time bankrupting seniors in long term care and wasting money on things like kiddie ATVs,” said Kent. “Both these parties ignored the pleas from small business to lower taxes.”

The NDP began immediately lowering small business taxes, dropping the small business tax rate by 40 per cent in four years.

“The NDP helped small business by cutting their taxes by 40 per cent and we invested more than any other government in skills training. Stephen McNeil and Jamie Baillie actually voted against every single one of those tax cuts,” said Kent. “Baillie, who was a chief of staff in the former Conservative government, had his chance to help small business in this province and he turned his back on them.”

Kent said the NDP platform builds on the earlier work done by the party. It outlines a plan to help people who want to start their own business and will offer incentives to small businesses that want to hire apprentices.

The NDP has already brought out it’s platform. It involves seven practical steps for today’s families to keep building a better future right here in Nova Scotia.

The NDP will; deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, Keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.