Accelerated Housing And Infrastructure Is Crucial To Nova Scotia’s Future

Politicians frequently use “affordable” when describing initiatives to help people find housing. Prices have spiked in all sectors of the market, and governments want to be perceived as working to provide help.

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Liberal Failures On Climate Policy Are An Ideal Topic For Conservatives

The Liberal promises on climate change have been grand and ambitious. The track record so far is an incoherent failure.
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Beware of Governments Announcing Bold Expensive Projects

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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Let The Owls Head Proponents Make Their Case

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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The Federal Conservatives Must Seek An Inclusive Leader

Prime Minister Trudeau continues to search for wedges between him and the Conservatives. Why are they making it so easy for Trudeau to play his game?
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Nova Scotia’s Health Plan Must Specify The Calendar For Improvements

The Action for Health plan was released on April 22nd, four weeks later than promised. That could have made sense if the document had lots of new content and a clear statement of goals. It had little of either. Read More »

The Housing Strategy Will Need More Than Two Years To Work

Premier Houston’s housing program is both broad and deep. It even earned some congratulations from the opposition leaders.
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Can The Government And The Teachers Union Get Along?

In 2015, the Liberal government issued an ambitious plan for improving our schools. Of particular importance were the recommendations for changes to be negotiated with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU). There have been many bends in the road since then.
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The Teachers’ Plan Deficit Needs to be Addressed

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.

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The Province’s Intrusion Into Municipal Planning Is Risky

Nova Scotia’s population continues to grow by 10,000 people and more per year. Both Halifax Regional Municipality and the provincial government proclaim themselves to be enthusiastic supporters but they risk getting in each other’s way.
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Transit Choices

A study of the possibilities for commuter rail is underway. It looks expensive. That is not the only option that should be considered. Read More »