SYDNEY, N.S. - Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald is promising to
reduce the amount of red tape citizens and businesses have to deal with.

The Conservative premier made the pledge today while campaigning in Sydney for the June 9 election.

MacDonald says a Conservative government would cap the number of provincial regulations.


To do that, the Tories have committed to eliminating a regulation every time a new one is introduced.

The premier says previous initiatives from his government have already
cut the paperwork burden on businesses by more than eight per cent,
saving businesses an estimated $1.2 million.

MacDonald says his government has also made it easier to obtain
permits and licences, noting that most applications are now processed
in 10 business days or less.