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Liberal Bills Would Address Gaps in Rural Economy

March 7, 2024 – (Halifax, NS)  

The Nova Scotia Liberal Caucus will table bills today to support the province’s rural economy – something that has been overlooked by the Houston government.


“Our traditional sectors like forestry and agriculture are the economic backbone for many communities in rural Nova Scotia,” said Opposition Leader Zach Churchill. “As recent as this week, the Premier has shown he is more interested in helping his friends than doing the work that is needed to make good on his election promise to promote local Nova Scotia goods. Our bills today will address many of the gaps that have been created by this government."


Churchill will introduce amendments to the Agricultural Marshland Conservation Act to ensure that positions on the Marshland Commission are vacant for no longer than three months and that the Commission has at least five members. The Commission is currently at risk of not functioning as the Houston government has failed to make any appointments to the Commission throughout its mandate.


Agriculture critic Carman Kerr will table the Agriculture Expansion Strategy Act, which would require the Department of Agriculture to consult with agricultural producers and industry to develop an expansion strategy for the sector.


Amendments to the Forests Act, tabled by Natural Resources critic Ronnie LeBlanc, would allow the forestry industry to clean up forests in a timely and efficient manner after a natural disaster. This safety measure will also ensure that useable wood is salvaged after extreme weather events.

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