NDP promises major social support if government is formed


NDP leader Gary Burrill says if his party forms the next Nova Scotia government, it will bring a $15 an hour minimum wage, permanent rent controls and 10 pro-rated paid sick days for all workers within the first months. The Office.

On Sunday in Halifax, supported by several candidates, Burrill released his party’s so-called Vision Document, 60 pages, which provides a 10-year outlook for the province if the NDP forms a government after the provincial election on August 17.

“We know the day has come in Nova Scotia that we need a vision and a plan and a framework of thought that goes far beyond the election cycle and its four-year limitations,” he said.

While there are things like rent controls, an increase in the minimum wage and access to same-day or next-day mental health care – which will be part of the party’s four-year platform with costs to be released later in the campaign – there are items like There are also those that Baril believes will take longer to achieve.

These include guaranteeing single rooms for all long-term caregivers and a review of whether Nova Scotia Power should remain privatized.

‘We’re talking about concrete’

The NDP is also building on the Liberals’ plan announced last week by pledging to provide free care before and after school in primary schools located in primary schools, including pre-primary sites.

Broadly, the document addresses commitments – some short-term, some long-term – related to a variety of issues, including education, social support, health care, the environment, natural resources and housing.

“We’re talking about practical, we’re talking about concrete, we’re talking about real needs like a $15-an-hour minimum wage on the street for a living wage, so that Have the purchasing power of Nova’s economy. Scotia can be strengthened,” Burrill said.

The party is positioning its campaign about the people, while the Liberals and Tories, he said, are about cuts. He pointed to the spring budget passed by the Liberals, which calls for a $209 million reduction in department spending next year as part of a plan to balance the budget within four years.

He also criticized Tory Leader Tim Houston’s plan to raise wages for workers by sending them back 50 percent of corporate tax companies if they agreed to pay their employees money. Last year, the province collected nearly $400 million in corporate taxes.

Sunday was a quiet day for Tories and Liberal leader Ian Rankin.

Houston hit the sidewalk in Dartmouth on Sunday morning for the first full day of the campaign.

Hanging out in the sun with Dartmouth East candidate Tim Hullman, Houston spoke to families at their doorstep about health care and the party’s plans for the province.

Houston remained serious about the timing of the election. He said Nova Scotia is still in a state of emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic, and Rankin is taking advantage of a summer program that works best for him.

But with only eight known active cases of the virus as of Sunday, Houston was asked when a better time would be.

‘We are ready’

“Well, they’ve called the election now, so we’re dealing with it. We’re ready,” Houston said.

“We’re going to go out and listen to Nova Scotians and share our vision with Nova Scotias. So he played that card and we’ll respond appropriately.”

Houston was also set to campaign in Colchester North on Sunday, after it opened its Stellarton headquarters in its own district, Pictou East. The Progressive Conservative platform will be released later this week, while the Liberals are planning to roll out their platform during the campaign.

Rankin began his day by knocking on doors in his home district of Timberley-Prospect, with plans to live in the Bedford and Halifax areas later in the day.

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