Opposition Leaders React To Provincial Budget

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 11:18 AM

The leader of Nova Scotia's NDP calls government's latest budget a failure on multiple fronts.

Gary Burrill says the province has not addressed funding shortages in health care, long-term senior's care and education.

And he hasn't seen anything to help ease the burden on food banks.

Burrill says government has missed the mark with this budget.

"I think it's budget of zeros from a government of zeros."

The NDP leader acknowledges the money being spent on housing, rural internet and highway twinning is good for the province.

But he says those are projects that should have been started when the Liberals took office, not in the dying days of their mandate.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Progressive Conservatives isn't impressed either.

Jamie Baillie says with an election call clearly on the horizon he's surprised the budget didn't show more vision.

"Oh, there's no question now that the premier is determined to dissolve the house before the budget gets a proper review and call an election. And it's a shame because these kinds of political games, they have to end. Every other province has done away with this stuff and said fixed elections every four years."

Baillie says it's one of the first things he'd change if he were elected premier.