NDP

Tax credits won’t solve hunger in Nova Scotia

May 19, 2016


For Immediate Release

May 19, 2016 

Halifax, NS – Today, the Liberals are introducing a new tax credit for farmers who donate food to food banks.  The NDP Caucus supports the introduction of this tax credit. In doing so, the NDP also points out that tax credits are no solution to the problem of hunger in our province.

According to Feed Nova Scotia, over 19,700 people went to a food bank in Nova Scotia last year.  One third of them were children.[1]

Research shows that Nova Scotia has the highest rate of food insecurity in Canada.  15.4% of Nova Scotia’s population faced hunger in the last year[2].  That’s over 145,000 people across the province.

Everyone should be able to get their food at a grocery store or farmers’ market, not at a food bank.  The NDP has introduced legislation to achieve this goal for all Nova Scotians.  The proposed bill has gone through second reading debate, but the Liberals have refused to allow a vote on the legislation.

“If the Liberals were serious about ending hunger in Nova Scotia, they’d start by passing the NDP’s grocery security legislation,” says Gary Burrill, leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. “If they really wanted to get serious about ending hunger, the Liberals could adopt the NDP’s plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  People are hungry because they don’t have the money to buy food.”

“Only by addressing income inequality and increasing the amount of money in people’s pockets can we actually begin to address hunger and poverty in our province,” Burrill concludes.

 

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

 

[1] http://www.feednovascotia.ca/images/HungerCount2015.pdf

2 http://proof.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Household-Food-Insecurity-in-Canada-2014.pdf

[1] http://www.feednovascotia.ca/images/HungerCount2015.pdf

[2] http://proof.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Household-Food-Insecurity-in-Canada-2014.pdf