Local MLA's React To Budget

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 12:46 PM

(Photo: Argyle Barrington MLA Chris d'Entremont and Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill in our studios for the Weekender on Sunday, April 23rd.)

Yarmouth's Liberal MLA says the latest provincial budget is one Nova Scotians can be proud of.

Zach Churchill says there has been a number of modest investments in many areas including health care, roads and tax cuts for low and middle income earners.

He says some have viewed it as a full spend budget right after labour negotiations with teachers just took place.

"The 3 per cent pay increase mandated across the public sector, that cost $150 million. There is no item in this budget that equals that amount."

Churchill says this has all been within a balanced budget, so that future generations will not be paying for investments made.

In the budget for our area, money for a new Yarmouth elementary school, re-paving Highway 101 between Yarmouth and Hebron, planning for a satellite dialysis unit in Digby and collaborative health care teams in Shelburne.

Meanwhile, The Progressive Conservative House Leader says the McNeil Liberals have presented a 'damage control' budget.

Chris d'Entremont, who is the MLA for Argyle-Barrington says there have been cuts over the last three and a half years.

He says the Liberals are just trying to make up for mistakes made.

"Roads and those kinds of things are not receiving the kind of funding we would have expected. And the total health care budget is actually flat. There's a crisis in health care, and they refuse to actually look at it."

He says a major inadequacy of the budget is the amount of money that long-term care facilities received.

Around $515-million was announced as part of the capital plan to improve roads, schools, healthcare and infrastructure.

After all is said and done, a surplus of $25.9-million is expected.