Question Period Highlight – Will the tax review be tabled in the Legislature?

November 12, 2014

Your NDP MLAs are hard at work in the legislature this fall, holding the government to account during Question Period on a number of key issues, including job loses since Stephen McNeil became Premier, and how the Liberals’ health board amalgamation distraction is causing their government to take their eye off what really matters – front line care. Here is a question where NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald asked Diana Whalen about when she will be tabling her tax review in the Nova Scotia Legislature.

MAUREEN MACDONALD: In February of this year, this government announced it would be doing a comprehensive review of taxes, fees and regulations. The Minister of Finance and Treasury Board said, “Our goal is to have a tax and regulatory system that supports private sector growth and economic development.” Last week, the minister told the media the tax review was at the printers.

My question to the minister is, if the report was at the printers last week, when can we expect the minister to table the tax review in this House?

DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the question. This is a very topical issue, certainly, for Nova Scotians. I also appreciate that many people are anxious to see the results of the tax review, as are all of us as well. I wanted to just answer the member opposite to let her know that it will take time for it to be prepared. It will be within the month; I’ve said so, it will be within the month that we will see the results of that and the report will be made available to everybody.

MAUREEN MACDONALD: Mr. Speaker, the timeline seems to be slipping a bit because I heard the minister also say that the middle of the month the minister would be making this review available. The minister is well aware that many Nova Scotians are looking forward to this review, so I want to ask the minister if she will commit to tabling the report during this session of our Legislature.

 DIANA WHALEN: Mr. Speaker, again I am pleased to rise on this question and to address it with the member opposite. As soon as I get that report, the members of this Legislature will also be getting that report. I can promise you that.