There has to be greater public debate in Nova Scotia about balancing short-term crisis management with long-term crisis prevention, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said yesterday in releasing it’s “alternative budget.”
The Nova Scotia section, a coalition of academics and community representatives, said the province needs a fiscal package that provides for greater social and economic equality and creates a greener economy.
The governing New Democrats will table their budget on Thursday.
“We need to get to a place where the focus is on getting at the root causes of the problems and sustainable solutions,” CCPA-NS director Christine Saulnier said in a release.
The coalition is proposing a 30 per cent rise in social assistance income rates, the removal of community college tuition and the promotion of environmental sustainability among other measures.
Economist and working group member Angella Mcewen said alarming the public over the deficit and debt detracts from discussion about what’s in the best interests of Nova Scotians.
“As it stands there is no fiscal crisis and the debt is manageable and justified as is the current deficit,” she said.