NDP

Income inequality on the South Shore must be addressed

June 16, 2016


For Immediate Release

Bridgewater, NS – Newly-elected NDP Leader Gary Burrill is campaigning in Bridgewater today as part of his summer leader’s tour.  Gary will hold meetings with the Inter-Church Food Bank Association, the Family Resource Centre, and The Ark to discuss the important services these organizations provide.

Gary will be speaking to people about income inequality and health care wait times on the South Shore.

The NDP has recently introduced legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 over three years.  Across the province, 33.5% of workers make under $15 an hour[1].  These low wages contribute to the low levels of economic growth in the province. The NDP’s plan would increase wages for approximately 16,448 workers in the South and South West regions of Nova Scotia.

The NDP has also recently introduced legislation on Grocery Security.  The idea behind Grocery Security is that every person should be able to get their food at a grocery store, not a food bank.  This policy will go a long way to addressing hunger and food insecurity in the South Shore.  The child poverty rate in the South Shore is estimated at 21.3%[2].  There are 6,471 school-aged children in the South Shore Regional School Board[3], this means more than 1,378 kids are living in poverty.  It’s estimated overall that 10.9% of the population on the South Shore live in poverty, approximately 6,345 people[4].

Health care wait times have consistently increased under the Liberal government.

The number of people waiting for home care in the Western Zone (South Shore, South West, and Valley) has increased by 169% over the past two years.

Wait times for long-term care placement in Lunenburg County are at 233 days.  For Queens County wait times are at 276 days.  Since being elected in 2013, the Liberals have not opened a single new long-term care bed.

“The NDP’s plan for a $15 minimum wage and Grocery Security will help thousands of families in the South Shore make ends meet,” says Burrill.

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For more information please contact Kyle Buott at (902) 266-2068

 

[1] Statistics Canada, Labour Force survey microdata and NDP Caucus researchers’ calculations. Numbers include Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties.

2 Child Poverty Report Card 2015, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia

3 South Shore Regional School Board, via Department of Education Statistics

4 Statistics Canada, Health Profile, 2013

[1] Statistics Canada, Labour Force survey microdata and NDP Caucus researchers’ calculations. Numbers include Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties.

[2] Child Poverty Report Card 2015, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Nova Scotia

[3] South Shore Regional School Board, via Department of Education Statistics

[4] Statistics Canada, Health Profile, 2013