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Statement from Liberal Opposition on Elimination of HST on New Rental Builds

September 21, 2023 – (Halifax, NS)  

After pressure from the Liberal Opposition, the Houston government has agreed to work

with Ottawa to remove the provincial portion of the HST from new rental builds.

“I’m pleased to see the Houston government finally act on this measure that we’ve been

advocating for since the federal government announced the initiative last week,” said

Opposition Leader Zach Churchill. “Our province is facing severe challenges with the

highest rates of inflation and rental increases in the country. The Houston government

needs to be prepared to work with all levels of government to tackle these issues and

ensure Nova Scotia becomes an affordable place to live once again.”

“This is a necessary move, but the Houston government has more work to do to tackle the

housing crisis,” said Liberal Housing shadow minister Braedon Clark. “The government

should keep the momentum going by finally releasing their overdue housing strategy to

chart the path forward for our province. Affordable housing may not be a top priority for

the Houston government, but it is for Nova Scotians.”

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