The current state of affairs in Nova Scotia is the result of policy and government budgetary choices made over the course of the past 30 years. In cutting funding for social services, failing to enforce labour standards, and putting downward pressure on public sector wages, provincial governments have rejected plans for a unifed Nova Scotia. Rural communities have been pitted against city residents, recipients of income assistance against students, and workers against each other (union versus non-union, public versus private sector).
Our collective strength is our greatest asset. The 2016 Nova Scotia Alternative Provincial Budget is a practical plan that refutes the dominant view that we cannot work together for a better today and a better tomorrow. We are stronger together.