As Nova Scotia starts to reopen next week, the Houston government is still stuck in neutral on pillar campaign promises to jump-start the economy.
Premier Houston mandated that his ministers start work on key promises within 90 days of the new government coming in. The Nova Scotia Loyal program and the Better Pay Cheque Guarantee are two campaign planks that appear to be going nowhere—well after the 90-day deadline to get started.
At yesterday’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, the deputy minister for Economic Development “couldn’t indicate the timing” of when people can expect to see the Nova Scotia Loyal program, and there’s been zero updates from the government on the better pay cheque initiative either.
“This government has shown time and time again that they have no plan for economic recovery,” says PAC committee member Brendan Maguire. “In just a few days, we’re moving to reopen and the government hasn’t done the work on two of their biggest economic promises.”
Inflation is the highest it’s been in decades. The cost of just about everything is going up, and Nova Scotians are feeling the pinch.
“Our economy won’t miraculously recover on its own,” Maguire says. “The Houston government needs to step up and deliver what it said it would. And if the timelines have changed on those projects, then they need to come clean to Nova Scotians.”