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CCPA-Nova Scotia alternative provincial budget released last week

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia launched their alternative provincial budget last week, in advance of the new Liberal Government’s budget and speech from the throne to be delivered on Thursday April 03rd.

The alternative budget is known for offering alternative progressive policies in a real budget format. This year’s alternative provincial budget is called “A Budget for the 99%”, and as CCPA notes on their website, it “provides a blueprint and lays out more than 99 ways that our government can improve the province for all of us—including how we can begin addressing income inequality and build a strong and more prosperous province where more of us share in that prosperity.”

We have contributed to the CCPA-NS alternative provincial budget for the past several years and were the lead again this year on the water chapter of the document. We ask for many policy changes but also ask that additional money be found to support water and wastewater infrastructure ($60M), for environmental assessments ($2M), and for a townhall tour for the independent hydraulic fracturing review.