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HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia NDP is promising to cut the harmonized sales tax on goods used by families, such as car seats and strollers, in a platform released today that is fuelling speculation of an imminent election call.
Premier Darrell Dexter says the party also plans to keep the HST off of home energy costs in a promise he estimates will cost $3.2 million.
It’s also promising to remove the HST from other items it describes as family essentials but won’t release details until there is a campaign.
Dexter is also committing to keeping the budget balanced in a platform that outlines seven broad commitments that he says would not cost more than $34 million annually.
“The last four years haven’t always been easy and the NDP has learned how to better meet the needs of Nova Scotia families,” said Dexter. “The last election was about change. The next election will be about the future.”
In the next election the NDP will campaign on 7 practical steps to build a better future for today’s families.
The NDP say they will:
- Deliver better health care where and when you need it.
- Fight for good jobs and stronger communities.
- Keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials.
- Give our kids a better start by focusing on what matters most.
- Stand up for seniors by protecting and enhancing the services they need.
- Build the Maritime Link for green, local, tax-free energy.
- Keep the budget balanced to protect services for you and your family.
“The experience of the NDP allows Nova Scotians to see a platform that is fully costed and will keep the budget balanced so important program and services for families and seniors will be protected,” said the NDP leader.
Details of the new steps to achieve the NDP’s seven commitments will be released whenever the next election takes place. The annual cost of the entire platform is $34,350,000.
Dexter is in the final year of his mandate after winning a majority government in 2009.
The NDP holds 31 seats in the legislature, the Liberals 12 and the Tories seven.
Two seats are vacant.