Cumberland North PC candidate Judi Giroux is concerned a piece of legislation on mining taxation was left to to die on the order paper when the legislature ended its spring session.
AMHERST – Cumberland North PC candidate Judi Giroux is frustrated the Mining Exemption Bill, introduced by the party in the spring session of the legislature was ignored by the NDP.
The bill, which would have removed the fuel tax from mining industry, was left to die on the order paper when the legislature rose from its spring session. Exempting the mining industry from the fuel tax is commonplace in almost every other province in Canada.
“Once again the NDP government has failed to support this valuable industry with a fuel tax rebate and relieve the industry of some of the burden associated with doing business in Nova Scotia,” Giroux said. “This makes it more expensive to operate a mining company here than in other provinces.”
The Mining Association of Nova Scotia has been advocating for this change and says the tax has been costing Nova Scotia business. Giroux said passing the bill would have been beneficial to mining companies like the Windsor Salt Plant in Pugwash, where more than 50 jobs were lost at the start of this year.
“The NDP have killed thousands of jobs in rural Nova Scotia, and this change would have had the potential to help bring some of those good high-paying jobs back for families,” said Giroux. “Jamie Baillie and the PCs are committed to removing the fuel tax from mining industry and turning around our struggling economy.”
Giroux said Nova Scotia already gives the fuel tax rebate to other resource industries like forestry, fishing and farming, but is reluctant to extend the same subsidy to the mining industry. The fuel tax is meant to help offset the costs of vehicles using public roads and highways. Since mining vehicles do not use public roads, it is considered appropriate elsewhere in Canada to exempt them from the tax.