Government Advances Plan to Build a Stronger Nova Scotia

The first session of the 63rd General Assembly, which concluded today, Oct. 26, showed government is working with Nova Scotians to build a stronger province.

In this session, government’s balanced 2017-18 operating budget and legislation focused on strengthening health care and education, keeping communities safe and connected, and making investments to grow the economy.

“We want to build a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “That means creating a province where everyone can grow and succeed.”

The many funding initiatives in the 2017-18 budget include training 56 doctors, 500 more orthopedic surgeries and hiring more than 70 mental health professionals to improve access to mental health services.

“We know Nova Scotians want better access to health care,” said Premier McNeil. “That’s why we will hire more doctors and professionals, complete more surgeries, and cut wait times.”

Premier McNeil said the introduction of a free, full-day pre-primary program will change the lives of children.

“I want all children to have the best start possible,” said Premier McNeil. “Our universal, full-day, pre-primary program will help our children be better prepared for Grade Primary and it will save families thousands of dollars.”

By cutting income taxes, budget 2017-18 provides tax relief to 500,000 people and eliminates income tax for 60,000 people who need it most.

“We know that we can grow the economy and help Nova Scotians by cutting taxes,” said Premier McNeil. “That’s why our budget contained the biggest income tax cut in recent history.

“This tax cut will help share our province’s economic growth more equally to ensure more Nova Scotians benefit from our collective hard work.”

Premier McNeil pointed to two key pieces of legislation that evolved throughout the session based on input from the public and other political parties: The Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act and the Intimate Images and Cyber Protection Act. 

“We are here to bring in laws that reflect the will of Nova Scotians,” said Premier McNeil. “The way these bills changed and evolved shows that we are willing to work with Nova Scotians to create better bills and stronger legislation.”

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