The finances of the province are in steady hands with this Premier
and this government, and that means important public services
like health, education, and support for the poor and disabled are
more secure than they have been for a very long time.
And now we can look forward to next year, when we will bring
forward, as promised, a balanced budget for Nova Scotia.
Liberal Finance Critic Diana Whalen: "What is in this budget for the average Nova Scotian?"
Whalen: Every single school board is feeling the pressure... Every single school board is having to squeeze more out of each school, each teacher. The most vulnerable are the ones suffering.
Whalen: It's true our Finance Minister is very boastful today.
Whalen: It's very easy to come in under budget if you overestimate your spending and underestimate your revenue.
Whalen says there are some positives in the budget, including home care increases and closing of provincial office in Ottawa.
Whalen: In my address today, I think it's important we look at all the costs and capital projects and how they are impacting our debt.
Whalen: No mention in this boastful budget about the debt and measures to control the debt.
Whalen: The cost of servicing the debt is going to rise in the future...
Speaker: Motion to adjourn passed.
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