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Ordinary Nova Scotians, government workers paying for McNeil Liberals’ surplus

What makes this even more astounding is that thousands of Nova Scotians face a shortage of health-care services, can’t find a heath-care provider, see overcrowding in hospitals, and are faced with bed shortages in long-term care facilities and institutions. Thousands more require mental health care, which they can’t get.
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Danny Cavanagh: "We believe the surplus is at the expense of thousands of unionized workers in the province." (NSFL)

By DANNY CAVANAGH

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is surprised that the province ended its fiscal year with a $150-million surplus.

Along with many Nova Scotians, I’m wondering how that can be. After all, the mantra of the McNeil Liberals has been, ‘The sky is falling, the sky is falling!’ We believe the surplus is at the expense of thousands of unionized workers in the province, with the majority of collective agreements remaining open and unresolved.

What makes this even more astounding is that thousands of Nova Scotians face a shortage of health-care services, can’t find a heath-care provider, see overcrowding in hospitals, and are faced with bed shortages in long-term care facilities and institutions. Thousands more require mental health care, which they can’t get.

Nova Scotians should be appalled that the government left millions on the table and seems to be making decisions based on cost alone. This is not a time for our government to play shell games with the public, when our infrastructure and roads are crumbling and people can’t get the services they need.

Danny Cavanagh is president of The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.



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