Tag: Fiscal austerity

Updated post-election Nova Scotia Budget a case of deja vu – but worse

Driving back to Dartmouth from last Tuesday’s provincial budget lockup at Pier 21 we were required, like the rest of the traffic, to slow down because of the construction project that has turned Water Street into an obstacle course. The bottleneck caused by the Queen’s Marque construction simply added insult to injury. We “stakeholders,” like members of the legislature and everyday Nova Scotians of less exalted status had just been briefed on the revised provincial budget for 2017-18. It was the updated version of the one that was introduced in April but not passed because the Liberals preferred going...

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Same old song from the AG – and it’s still off key

The provincial Auditor General delivered another of his regular reports on matters financial last week, and once again sermonized about our dire fiscal condition. It marked the second time in less than a year that Michael Pickup saw fit to spice up an otherwise routine presentation with his own headline-grabbing views about Nova Scotia’s finances. And just as he did last February, the AG  left out facts that would get in the way of his dour analysis. As argued in my post of Feb. 26 (“New AG picks up where Lapointe left off”) Pickup’s initial foray into the politically-loaded...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in everything from Atlantic Insight to Atlantic Progress. A lifelong student of Maritime history, Starr is married to playwright and former MP Wendy Lill. They live in Dartmouth.

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