Liberal’s temporary belt tightening measures not sustainable

July 30, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the McNeil government’s temporary measures for improving the province’s finances aren’t sustainable.

“Last year the McNeil government chose to postpone investments in long-term care beds and upgrades to our hospitals while seniors waited in hospital beds and communities struggled to keep their emergency rooms open,” said MacDonald. “Unfortunately, with the health care budget frozen this year I expect we will see more of the same.”

MacDonald says Nova Scotia’s books will also be hurt as a result of the McNeil government’s decision to eliminate the film tax credit. Documents released today show the value of the credit at $30 million last year. The government is allocating only $10 million for the new film fund it established July 1.

“The McNeil government’s decision to eliminate the film tax credit will result in reduced economic activity in our province. This healthy, vibrant industry was helping the government to grow its bottom line but I suspect that’s about to change,” said MacDonald.

“These temporary reductions in spending are hurting patient care and our economy and they are going to catch up with the government sooner rather than later.”