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Government Wraps Spring House Session

The government continued to fulfil its commitments to Nova Scotians during the spring sitting of the legislature, which wrapped up today, May 1.

Government made good on its promises to:
— remove the efficiency tax from power bills
— eliminate the interest on Nova Scotia Student Loans
— modernize the apprenticeship system
— reinvest in the school system
— reinstate ferry service between Yarmouth and the northeastern United States

Legislation was enacted to guarantee essential care for Nova Scotians during a strike or lockout affecting health care, seniors’ homes, youth or people with special needs.

Government also tabled a budget that encourages private-sector economic growth fuelled by a healthy and well-educated workforce, while recognizing the economic and fiscal challenges the province is facing.

“While this sitting was challenging at times, I believe we accomplished a great deal and the changes we were able to implement will have a long-term, positive impact on the people of Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “I now look forward to continuing the work of government outside the House of Assembly and I hope to meet many Nova Scotians across our great province during the summer months.”

Other highlights from the session included:
— giving small businesses better access to loans through improvements to the Credit Union Small Business Loan Guarantee Program
— investing in children and families through funding for family resource centres and changes to the Nova Scotia Child Benefit
— creating a new direction for economic development that will allow the private sector to drive the economy
— beginning the process of reorganizing the province’s health authorities
— putting funding into reducing wait times for orthopaedic surgery

For a complete list of the 27 bills passed this session, visit:
http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/status-of-bills/ .

Source: Release

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