Kings West de­bate

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Leo Glavine:

“I’ve never been more op­ti­mistic… I have lived with, as the MLA for Kings West, an out-of-the-area area man­ager for my en­tire time in of­fice… We fi­nally have an area man­ager who lives in Kings County. He’s in­vested here in ev­ery way and I now have, on my desk, a five-year plan for pav­ing, five-year plan for dou­ble chip seal and a plan to im­prove the gravel roads. This has never hap­pened be­fore and… if I’m back in of­fice and peo­ple call up, I can tell you when your road will be done.”

Ch­eryl Bur­bidge:

“One of the things that the NDP did do when we were in gov­ern­ment was we bought a mo­bile as­phalt and chip seal machin­ery… it gave the gov­ern­ment an idea of what those things re­ally did cost and it gave the op­por­tu­nity to go into those small lit­tle ar­eas that the big busi­nesses were not in­ter­ested in do­ing. When the Lib­er­als took of­fice they sold that equip­ment to New­found­land and then the cost of chip sealing jumped 20 per cent, so one of the things that we are look­ing at is we are go­ing to, if we were able to go into of­fice again… con­tinue with the plan that was in the bud­get that came out a cou­ple weeks ago… the twin­ning of the 101 (from) Fal­mouth to the other side of Windsor and we do not be­lieve in toll high­ways.”

3. How do you plan to ad­dress the con­cerns of ed­u­ca­tors raised dur­ing work-to-rule this past win­ter?

Ch­eryl Bur­bidge:

“One of the first things the NDP want to do is re­peal Bill 75,” she said, adding that “the flavour of bar­gain­ing” has changed in the province.

The pub­lic now knows more about the is­sues teach­ers face in the class­room on a daily ba­sis, said Bur­bidge.

“There (are) a lot of is­sues. I have four chil­dren… two of my grandchildren are in school here in the Val­ley and I would hope that they will have a good ba­sis to be able to be ed­u­cated from.”

Made­line Tay­lor:

“I don’t know how it could have been done bet­ter. I’ve cer­tainly been a per­son that has been out on strike my­self… I sym­pa­thize with the teach­ers… and they prob­a­bly had some good rea­sons for what they were do­ing and I don’t know if things were ne­go­ti­ated in good faith or not. I’d have to know more.”

Chris Palmer:

“I think what hap­pened by im­pos­ing the con­tract, it set our province down a course that could cost us more in the long run. There’s cases across Canada where govern­ments have lost cases – court chal­lenges – and, un­for­tu­nately, this gov­ern­ment won’t be in power when that hap­pens. An­other gov­ern­ment will have to pay for that.”

Leo Glavine:

“I be­lieve in the past year or two that we reached that tip­ping point where the class­room con­di­tions over­whelmed ev­ery­thing in ed­u­ca­tion. This has been a de­cline in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion for now a 15year pe­riod and it hap­pened in­cre­men­tally, and it will take us a decade to get to where we need to have the strong­est pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion that we need for the fu­ture of our chil­dren. It will be small, in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ments. The ed­u­ca­tion panel is, in fact, just the very be­gin­ning.”

4. Con­sid­er­ing both the cost of food and food bank us­age in Nova Sco­tia are on the rise, how would you ad­dress food in­se­cu­rity and hunger in Nova Sco­tia?

Made­line Tay­lor:

“The Green party be­lieves in what we call a guar­an­teed an­nual in­come and that (means) that peo­ple would make a cer­tain amount of money that would be up above the poverty level,” she said, not­ing that in her role as a so­cial worker she of­ten sees the “chaos” that is a di­rect re­sult of peo­ple liv­ing in poverty.

Chris Palmer:

“I do a lot of work ev­ery Christ­mas for the food banks. I put Christ­mas con­certs on ev­ery year and we’ve been able to raise quite a lot of money for the lo­cal food banks in Berwick and Kingston. I think, in­di­vid­u­ally, we can all do what we need to do… to help food banks.”

Gov­ern­ment, he added, also has a role to play in help­ing low-in­come Nova Sco­tians.

“Gov­ern­ment should be there when peo­ple need it the most, so one of the things we want to do is raise the ba­sic per­sonal amount of in­come by up to $3,000 for peo­ple with in­comes be­low $75,000. That one move will cut taxes for over 500,000 Nova Sco­tians.”

Leo Glavine:

Glavine noted the Lib­eral bud­get also con­tains a com­mit­ment to chang­ing the ba­sic per­sonal ex­emp­tion.

“This would al­low up to 500,000 Nova Sco­tians to ben­e­fit from that rais­ing from $8,441 to $11,481 be­fore you would start to pay taxes and… this is more money in Nova Sco­tians’ pock­ets,” he said, list­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a standard house­hold rate for in­come as­sis­tance, more as­sis­tance for peo­ple who are un­able to work as well as in­cen­tives for those who are able to get back to work, and a new tax credit for farm­ers who do­nate ex­cess or mis­shapen prod­ucts to food banks as ad­di­tional ways to help low­in­come Nova Sco­tians.

Ch­eryl Bur­bidge:

“We want to try to set the so­cial as­sis­tance rates so that peo­ple can af­ford to shop at a gro­cery store in­stead of hav­ing to go to a food bank. We were look­ing at rais­ing the min­i­mum wage… (to) put more money in peo­ple’s pock­ets… and look at a de­signed phase of a ba­sic in­come guar­an­tee so peo­ple that are work­ing and at low-in­come jobs do have a chance to have a lit­tle bit more so they can af­ford to buy their own food,” she said, later adding that it is im­por­tant to look at new ways to sup­port farm­ers strug­gling to make ends meet.

“It truly amazes me that we’ll pay some­body $1 mil­lion to play hockey, but our farm­ers strug­gle to make ends meet.”

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