Legislature Resumes Sitting

The second session of the 63rd general assembly resumed Feb. 28. The agenda set includes a fourth consecutive balanced budget as well as legislation benefiting the environment and economy.

“We have seen recent statistics around immigration, employment, and population that all Nova Scotians can be proud of. This sitting is an opportunity to build on our vision for an innovative, inclusive, entrepreneurial province where all Nova Scotians have an opportunity for success.”

By putting these issues on the forefront, our government is maintaining a plan for fiscal stability, sending the message that Nova Scotia is a good place to invest. It also puts the government in position to enhance support for priorities in health, education and other programs.

“I have never been more optimistic about Nova Scotia’s future.”

Finance Minister Karen Casey also announced that the budget will be tabled Tuesday, March 26.

Premier Stephen McNeil said “I have never been more optimistic about Nova Scotia’s future.”

In addition to the budget, traditionally the focus of the spring sitting, government’s legislative agenda includes bills addressing:

  • coastal protection, which follows public consultation on the issue last year
  • short-term rentals in the shared economy
  • expanding eligibility for the Innovation Equity Tax Credit

“I look forward to the accountability of the legislature and discussing and debating issues of importance to Nova Scotians as we move the province forward with our budget and legislation,” said Premier McNeil.

According to house rules, the legislature will not sit during March break, which is March 18 to 22.