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Liberals Kick-off House Session with Bills Aimed at Making Life More Affordable

February 27, 2024 – (Halifax, NS)  

Today as the spring session of the legislature begins, Opposition Leader Zach Churchill will table the first of many bills to make life more affordable for working-class Nova Scotians.

 

“It has never been more expensive to live in Nova Scotia than under Premier Houston. With some of the highest taxes and rental increases in the country, the government needs to make broad relief available to Nova Scotians,” said Liberal Leader Zach Churchill. “Premier Houston has benefited from inflation and has received $3.4 billion in unexpected taxes and revenues. It’s time he returns some of that money to Nova Scotians who are desperately in need.”
 

The HST Reduction Act will reverse the tax increase brought in by the NDP and lower the HST from 15% to 13% – the lowest sales tax in Atlantic Canada. Cutting the HST by two points would save Nova Scotians money on basic necessities like household items, phone bills, and school supplies.

 

Churchill will also reintroduce an amendment to the Income Tax Act to lower taxes by indexing tax brackets to inflation. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada that has yet to address this punitive measure, also known as bracket creep.

 

For the fourth time, the Liberals will table the School Lunch Program Act to create a universal school lunch program by partnering with the province’s agriculture sector. The Houston government has blamed the federal government for not yet establishing a lunch program, while other provinces like Manitoba and Prince Edward Island have created them on their own.

 

Housing critic Braedon Clark will reintroduce an amendment to the Residential Tenancies Act to establish a residential tenancies enforcement unit in Nova Scotia to better protect both tenants and landlords. Since the Liberals first tabled the bill in 2022, the Houston government has shown support but failed to enact the enforcement unit while the housing crisis worsens across the province.

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