The Houston government has been unrestrained in its spending. Nova Scotians will therefore have found it surprising that the province nevertheless showed an unexpected surplus in the fiscal year ending last March.
Posted September 22, 2023
Premier Houston’s intervention on power rates is making a difficult situation worse. Here is why.
Posted December 9, 2022
Have you had a good look at your electricity bill lately? Some of the power you are paying, for now, will not be received for 35 years.
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Posted August 28, 2020
The province wants an informed report on the economic benefits of the Yarmouth Ferry. CBC reports that 16 bids have been submitted to do the work. Your columnist is not one of them, but is puzzled that the matter needs such ponderous analysis. History provides a clear answer.
Posted August 18, 2023
Pierre Poilievre was just five years old when Jean Charest was elected to parliament at the age of 26. Poilievre was a year younger than that when elected in an Ottawa area riding in 2004. Read More »
Posted June 24, 2022
Nova Scotia has a single payer health care system. This space completely supports the principal that the best care in that system should go to the sickest people, not the wealthiest. It should not be possible to buy your way to the front of the line. Read More »
Posted May 12, 2023
Canada’s housing crisis was the primary topic at the recent cabinet retreat in Charlottetown. The ministers received briefings and recommendations from experts. Prime Minister Trudeau’s remarks to the press afterwards were extensive but remarkably lacking in substance given the many ideas that have been proposed. Read More »
Posted September 8, 2023
Should employees doing the same work be paid the same amount regardless of where they live in Nova Scotia? The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has been in the awkward position of taking both sides of the argument.
Posted June 16, 2023
The government and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are doing a disservice to taxpayers and today’s teachers, who are paying for the inadequacy of past contributions by and for the teachers that retired long ago.
In contrast, the public-sector pension plans for civil service and health care workers are well-funded and can be expected to keep their promises to pensioners over the long term.
Posted May 18, 2018
When we hear governments talking about “affordable housing” the inference is that it is to help those who are homeless or struggling to pay their rent. A successful example is the federal Rapid Housing Initiative, which funds projects “for those in need of deeply affordable housing.” Read More »
Posted May 26, 2023