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NDP to call $15 minimum wage and Seniors Pharmacare legislation for debate

May 18, 2016


For Immediate Release

May 17, 2016

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia NDP Caucus will use today’s Opposition Day in the Legislature to call two important pieces of legislation.  The first is the NDP’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 over three years.  The second is legislation designed to protect the Seniors Pharmacare Program from the whims of governments.

The legislation calling for a $15 minimum wage continues to spark an important conversation around the province, with letters to the editor in local papers, discussion on radio talk shows, and more.

“The concept is very simple,” says Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP.  “People need to live.  Currently, if you make under $15 an hour, you are in a daily struggle to get by.  Our economy can’t grow when people have no money to spend.”

Protecting the Seniors Pharmacare Plan is necessary after the scare many seniors went through in January when the Liberals began a plan to increase premiums for thousands of seniors.  This plan was abandoned as Nova Scotians fiercely pushed back on the Liberal scheme to hike fees for seniors.  The proposed legislation requires any changes in the fees seniors pay for Seniors Pharmacare to first be debated and voted on in the House of Assembly.

“When the Minister of Health stands up in the legislature and says there will be no increases in premiums for Seniors Pharmacare and then, less than a year later, turns around and tries to increase premiums by misleading the public, something has to change,” says Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic.  “The NDP’s plan will protect seniors by requiring full debate and discussion, followed by a vote in the legislature on any major changes to Seniors Pharmacare.”

 

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