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Tories release full election platform, with big spending on health care


Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Houston says his celebration has a plan to enhance health care within the province, however it comes with a hefty price ticket.

Houston launched his celebration’s costed election platform on Thursday, a doc centered primarily on health care, the economic system, the atmosphere and schooling.

While there’s a plan to stability the books in six years, there’s a variety of new spending earlier than that occurs. The Tories would spend $553 million within the first 12 months to fulfil their commitments, a complete that might push the provincial deficit over $1 billion in the event that they have been to kind authorities on Aug. 17.

“After years of neglect, fixing health care will be expensive,” Houston instructed reporters in Halifax.

Spending on health care accounts for the lion’s share of that $553 million — about $430 million. It consists of beforehand mentioned plans to start constructing 2,500 new single long-term care beds, provide improved entry to common psychological health companies and appeal to extra medical doctors.

Part of that plan will embody the creation of a pension plan for medical doctors. Contributions from the province would rely on the variety of years a health care provider has labored in Nova Scotia, however the Tories estimate the annual price of the plan for the federal government to be about $6 million.

The celebration can also be pledging a tax credit score of as much as $8,000 a 12 months, capped at a complete of $20,000, for folks looking for fertility therapy. And for these on the ready listing to get a household physician, Houston mentioned a Tory authorities would cowl the price of getting them entry to a health care provider by telehealth.

Paying for these companies would require new streams of income.

The Tories would herald a brand new property tax levy for individuals who personal property right here however don’t pay private revenue taxes in Nova Scotia.

The levy can be $2 per $100 of evaluation. There may even be a brand new deed switch tax premium of an extra 5 per cent on any such property gross sales. The measures are anticipated to generate about $150 million a 12 months.

Efforts aimed on the atmosphere

In an effort to extend the provision of housing, Houston mentioned his celebration would tender out accessible Nova Scotia Lands properties for the event of reasonably priced housing and residential housing choices. The provincial company oversees the remediation and redevelopment of Crown-owned properties.

In a push to create extra jobs and maintain and appeal to staff, the Tories are promising no private revenue tax for folks youthful than 30 working within the trades on their first $50,000 earned. The Tories would subsidize the set up of satellite tv for pc web service for individuals who haven’t got entry to protection of their space.

On the atmosphere, the Tories are pledging to succeed in 80 per cent renewable vitality use by 2030, improve land and water mass safety to twenty per cent by 2030, and introduce new laws to enshrine environmental objectives and local weather change discount targets.

There are additionally plans to have at the very least 30 per cent of vehicles bought by 2030 to be zero-emission and fund half the price of set up for electrical automobile chargers. All new provincial buildings can be required to be net-zero.

The Tories are interesting to rural voters by promising to double the finances for rural highway work and create a fund to make repairs to native rinks.

Federal child-care deal to be honoured

On schooling, the celebration would add curriculum focusing on civics, monetary literacy and wholesome dwelling, in addition to present extra range coaching for lecturers and implement all excellent suggestions from the 2018 report on inclusion. Further seats would even be created in excessive school-based trades packages.

While the celebration mentioned it could modernize the college board mannequin, officers stopped wanting promising a return of elected board members.

Although the platform doesn’t embody any substantive measures focused at little one care, Houston mentioned if he types authorities he would construct on the settlement lately signed between the federal and provincial governments geared toward reaching $10-per-day daycare.

“I’m not interested in moving this province backward in any way,” he mentioned. “We’re not going to unwind anything. We’re going to look to improve everything that’s before us.”

The Tory platform features a plan to stability the province’s finances in six years. (Jeorge Sadi/CBC)

Houston can also be promising fastened election dates and to grant order-making energy for the province’s privateness commissioner. The latter is a promise previous political leaders, together with former premier Stephen McNeil, have made however by no means adopted by on.

The NDP has already launched a 10-year outlook for its imaginative and prescient for the province, with plans to release a costed platform later within the marketing campaign. The Liberals, in the meantime, are rolling out their platform all through the marketing campaign. Liberal Leader Iain Rankin has thus far declined to element the 5 key planks of that platform.

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