Posted May 7, 2021

Vaccination Certificates Can Help Open Up The Economy

In January, Prime Minister Trudeau said he was opposed to a vaccine passport for people who had received inoculations, apparently because he found it complicated. He does not seem to have considered the impact they could have on tourism and other sectors of the economy.
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So here we go again. To understand where we are going, it is instructive to look at where we have been.
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The single most welcome achievement of the McNeil years was the uptick in Nova Scotia’s population, which is closing in on one million and expected to continue strong growth. The new arrivals, many recruited from around the world by employers here, are a wonderful addition to our economic, social, and cultural fabric.
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The legislature resumed a degree of normalcy on March 25th with Labi Kousoulis, the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, in new footwear presenting a budget and the opposition leaders having a chance to be heard. The budget has the right goals but the minister’s projections are probably too optimistic.
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The 2017 mandate letter from then Premier Stephen McNeil to then Environment Minister Iain Rankin is the most up-to-date version as of March 19th. It instructed him to consider both the economy and the environment in exercising his responsibilities:

“I ask that the department continue to support a business environment which is conducive to innovation and economic development, striking the right balance, ensuring that effective regulation protects the interests of Nova Scotians while enhancing our provincial prosperity.”
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