Posted April 16, 2021

We Need A Faster Pace Of Home Construction But There Are Not Enough Tradespeople

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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The COVID crisis and the resulting shutdown of legislatures have made it difficult for opposition leaders to have a public profile.
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The pace of Canadians being vaccinated is belatedly gathering steam. In the absence of further supply disappointments, all of the most vulnerable Canadians will be offered vaccination by the end of June.
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