A Liberal government would mean higher taxes, more deficit spending

August 28, 2013

Today following the provincial leaders debate Liberal leader Stephen McNeil said he wouldn’t commit to keeping Nova Scotia’s budget balanced. He did clarify he’d try to have a balanced budget by the end of the next mandate likely to end in 2018-2019.

“We certainly made a commitment that we would have a balanced budget in our first mandate,” said McNeil.

The NDP balanced the budget this year and has a plan to lower the HST in 2014 and again in 2015.

McNeil also wouldn’t commit to lowering the HST, meaning the Liberals would repeal legislation to lower the HST in 2014 and 2015.

Oddly, while McNeil has been critical of NDP investments in children’s dental coverage, home improvements for seniors and support for farmers, he conceded cutting those programs would hurt Nova Scotians. McNeil said if elected he would need to honour commitments “made by previous governments that communities have counted on, that businesses have counted on, that families have counted on”.

NDP MLA Mat Whynott said McNeil’s comments demonstrate the Liberals have no plan when it comes to balancing the budget and growing the economy.

“Nova Scotians worked hard to get the province back to balance while protecting the services families count on. I’m not sure why Stephen McNeil is committed to putting our financial security at risk. Quite frankly, when you hear Mr. McNeil constantly contradicting himself it’s pretty clear he is in over his head,” said Whynott.

“We saw this the last time we had a Liberal government. A steady stream of deficit budgets that included deep cuts to health care, education and road paving.”