✔ Deliver better health care where and when you need it
Nothing is more important than our family’s health. That’s why Darrell Dexter and the NDP reduced ER closures by creating nine new Collaborative Emergency Centres. New Democrats are expanding dental care up to age 17 and providing insulin pumps to kids. Now we can do even more starting with nurse-managed clinics for chronic care and adding five more Collaborative Emergency Centres to reduce wait times.
Liberals and Conservatives both have a record of deep cuts to frontline health services. Liberals closed 1,600 hospital beds and caused 1,000 nurses to leave the profession. Conservatives let ER closures soar. Now they’re both pushing for a giant health bureaucracy that will cause chaos for patients and take away local control.
✔ Fight for good jobs and stronger communities
Whether you live in the city, the country or in between, you should be able to find a good job close to home. Darrell Dexter and the NDP are fighting to attract jobs and save communities by bringing in 11,500 new shipbuilding jobs and moving good government jobs out across the province. We’ve cut taxes for small business by 40% and invested more than any previous government in skills training, created hundreds of community college spaces, and capped tuition. The NDP will build on that work by helping people who want to start their own business and offering incentives to businesses that hire apprentices. We’ll also expand the successful provincial highway plan to improve local roads.
Liberals and Conservatives don’t get what it takes to bring good jobs to Nova Scotia. Liberal leader Stephen McNeil opposes any efforts to attract jobs, including the province’s shipbuilding contract.
In August, McNeil said the province doesn’t need to pave roads. The last Conservative government left the province with the worst economic record in 20 years.
✔ Keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials
The first thing Darrell Dexter and the NDP did as government was to give families a break by taking the HST off home energy. And we’ll keep it off. New Democrats will help make life more affordable by taking the HST off more family essentials like children’s car seats and strollers. And we’ll reduce the HST by 1% in 2014 and another 1% in 2015.
Stephen McNeil refuses to commit to reducing the HST. The Liberals introduced the HST, they put it on energy bills and they’ve voted to keep it there eight times. The Conservatives have also voted to put the HST back on home energy and refuse to remove it from other family essentials.
✔ Give our kids a better start by focusing on what matters most
We want our kids to have every opportunity to thrive. That’s why Darrell Dexter and the NDP capped class sizes and provided more help for kids with special needs like autism. New Democrats will give kids an even better start by capping class sizes up to grade six, putting math and reading skills first and making sure parents are up-to-date with plain language report cards. New Democrats are making kids safer with new anti-bullying laws and we’ll keep going by hiring more guidance counselors, mental health clinicians and youth health centre coordinators.
The last time the Liberals were in power they got rid of 1,400 teachers. And Stephen McNeil defended that record when he ran for the last Liberal government. When Jamie Baillie was chief of staff in a Conservative government, that government let Nova Scotia slip to dead last in per student funding.
✔ Stand up for seniors by protecting and enhancing the services they need
We owe seniors the dignity of a secure, healthy retirement. That’s why Darrell Dexter and the NDP delivered 1,000 long term care beds, lowered drug costs and eliminated provincial income tax for 24,000 seniors. New Democrats will keep going with new and upgraded long-term care beds and expanding homecare. The NDP will also help cover the cost of hearing aids and create a team of Seniors Navigators to help seniors access the services they are entitled to.
Liberal and Conservative cuts hit seniors hard. The Liberals began the practice of charging seniors for health care in nursing homes. The Conservatives kept that policy, forcing seniors into bankruptcy until Darrell Dexter forced them to change the rules. When McNeil’s Liberals voted eight times to keep the HST on home heating, it was seniors who suffered most.
✔ Build the Maritime Link for green, local, tax-free energy
Nova Scotians need a stable, sustainable and secure energy future to help create jobs. That’s why Darrell Dexter and the NDP are building the Maritime Link. We’ll also keep the HST off home energy.
Liberals and Conservatives would kill the Maritime Link. Stephen McNeil’s Liberals want Hydro Quebec controlling our energy instead of an affordable, secure, made-in-Atlantic Canada solution. Both Liberals and Conservatives will hike up power rates by putting the HST back on home energy.
✔ Keep the budget balanced to protect services for you and your family
Darrell Dexter and the NDP put a plan in place to dig the province out of a financial hole. Nova Scotia has a balanced budget, the best credit rating ever and has competed and won more investment in jobs per capita than any other province or state. New Democrats will keep balancing the budget every year for the next four years so we can keep investing in services for seniors, small businesses, children and families.
Nova Scotians can’t risk going back to the financial recklessness of the Liberals and Conservatives. Stephen McNeil said he would run the province back into deficit. Conservatives left Nova Scotia with a crippling $1.3 billion deficit and the worst economy in Canada in 20 years.
NDP PLATFORM COSTING
Deliver better health care where and when you need it $2,550,000
Nurse-managed clinics to treat chronic diseases
Work with doctors to provide same day or next day appointments for primary care
Help families pay for well water tests
Fight for good jobs and stronger communities $18,000,000
A multi-year road plan for local roads
Microcredit to encourage small business growth
Incentives for companies to hire apprentices
World class certifications for natural resource industries
Options for new farm investments
New home construction HST rebate & an incentive for builders to build “whole life” homes
Help for new graduates to buy their first home
Keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials $3,200,000
HST off more family essentials like children’s car seats and strollers
Give our kids a better start by focusing on what matters most $6,500,000
More support for children with special needs
A skills program for at-risk youth
Stand up for seniors by protecting and enhancing the services they need $4,100,000
Appoint a Provincial Advisor on Seniors Issues
Help cover the cost of hearing aids for low income seniors
Build the Maritime Link for green, local, tax-free energy
Keep the budget balanced to protect services for you and your family
Total cost of the NDP’s 7 key commitments: $34,350,000