KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Last month’s Nova Scotia election budget found money to provide tax cuts for the middle class and businesses but not a single additional penny to the poorest of the poor; people who depend on social assistance to survive (70% of whom have disabilities). As Robert Devet and others have reported, when inflation is taken into account, social assistance recipients have effectively had tens of dollars per month cut from their income.
What makes the Budget speech especially galling is the passage that proudly announces: “We have worked hard together as Nova Scotians to reach this point. Now we will work even harder to ensure all Nova Scotians share the benefits……we are committed to taking steps that will make life more affordable for Nova Scotians.” Indeed, the Budget claims that there’ll be “More for those who need it most.” Sheesh…it would appear that, in the Province’s eyes, poor people aren’t actually Nova Scotians! The poor don’t count. Read the full article by Vince Calderhead in the Nova Scotia Advocate.