NDP continues to stand up for hard working Nova Scotians

September 14, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) Today, Premier Darrell Dexter said the NDP will continue to increase the minimum wage to keep in line with the cost of living as recommended by the management-labour minimum wage review committee.


“The NDP stood up for hard working Nova Scotians and accepted a management -labour recommendation to increase the minimum wage four times since 2009,” said Dexter.

“The NDP will continue to increase the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living. It’s the right thing to do.”

Nova Scotia’s annual minimum wage adjustment is based on the previous year’s consumer price index and the low-income cutoff. This allows business owners to plan for a fair and moderate increase.

“The last Liberal government froze minimum wages between 1993 and 1996. During their last five years in government the minimum wage went up by exactly $0.35,” said the NDP leader.

Jamie Baillie has suggested the minimum wage is too high although it barely keeps someone out of poverty.

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.

Election day is Tuesday, October 8.