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Much of our public discussion is of the form “We want X and we want government to pay for it”. Usually they seem like good things. But, given NS’s poor financial position (large debt, stagnant and aging population), I suggest that anyone asking for new spending from our provincial government also be expected to state either a) how new wealth can be created or b) what existing program(s) can be cut or reduced to pay for it.
Steve Chipman | May 28, 2017 | Reply
My mother taught me to be polite and respectful even to those with whom you disagree. But this is difficult to do regarding the NDP economic platform. Surely there is sufficient evidence that large spending increases and higher deficits/debt for a government in the financial position that NS is in do not lead to prosperity and can lead to fiscal crisis e.g. if interest rates rise. Perhaps the NDP is counting on voters believing that their promises can be bought at no apparent cost since debt repayment can be postponed indefinitely. If so,it is short term and potentially dangerous thinking.
Steve Chipman | May 21, 2017 | Reply
Per capita debt for Nova Scotians carrying the provincial debt is now about $40000 per person …I believe the per capita debt load in Puerto Rico is $30000 per person. Puerto Rico declared bankruptcy last week.
Alllan Rodger | May 20, 2017 | Reply
Excellent commentary . Can you translate those billions into how many dollars this will cost every taxpayer? Also , all the jobs he wants to create are new government jobs too.
Peter S | May 19, 2017 | Reply
Fortunately Nova Scotians have not (and will not) forgotten the outcome of having elected the D.Dexter, NDP Government so there is No chance whatsoever that this party will be getting the key to the Cash Box anytime in the immediate future.
Bob MacKenzie | May 19, 2017 | Reply
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