Health care system suffers under Liberal budget

April 9, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the McNeil government continues to ignore the pressing issues that are plaguing Nova Scotia’s health care system.

She made the remarks on the heels of today’s provincial budget, which saw the lowest increase in health care spending in over a decade.

“Given the crisis in our health care system, it’s inexcusable the McNeil government is essentially freezing the health care budget” says MacDonald. “To put it in perspective, the government put more money into the Yarmouth ferry last year, than they have added to health care this year.

Additionally, MacDonald says workers in the film industry, digital media industry and small business owners are the other big losers in this budget.

“What they’ve done is impose a 75 per cent tax increase that significantly weakens the competitiveness of our screen industry,” says MacDonald.

The McNeil government has also lifted the post-secondary education tuition cap for the 2015-2016 year.

“This is the second year in a row the McNeil government has reached into the pockets of students and young Nova Scotians. It has to stop,” says MacDonald.