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New Report Highlights Rising Poverty Under Houston Government

May 27, 2024

The 2024 Food Banks Canada report shows more Nova Scotians have struggled in the
past year due to rising costs of necessities like groceries, housing, and power rates under
the Houston government.

The report found that 56 per cent of people feel worse off this year than they did last, showing a clear need for government intervention in the ongoing affordability crisis. For months, the Nova Scotia Liberal Caucus has advocated to reduce the HST by two points to reduce the burden of necessities like phone bills, household supplies, medications, and other daily purchases.

“The latest report from Food Banks Canada is a stark reminder of the real-life impact of economic policies on our communities,” said Opposition Leader Zach Churchill. “When so many Nova Scotians are struggling to make ends meet, it’s not fair that we are one of the highest taxed jurisdictions in the country. Reversing the increases to the HST brought on by the NDP is an immediate step the government can take to help working families in need of relief.”

Food Banks Canada also noted that food insecurity rates are up from 22 per cent to 29 per cent in just one year. The province announced a new school lunch program this year, but without offering a free meal to every student, the program will fall short of the immense need in Nova Scotia.

“For years, we have advocated for a free, universal lunch program for all students. It is incredibly disappointing to learn that the Houston government expects some families to pay when so many Nova Scotians are struggling with the high cost-of-living,” said Education critic Derek Mombourquette. “Ensuring that there is no stigma attached is crucial to the success of the program. We’ll continue advocating for a truly universal school lunch program that is free for all students.”

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