The Gazette has assembled some of the election promises made by politicians that we believe may be relevant to you. We are a first step and should not be the last. We encourage you to go to the polls on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
- Double number of apprenticeships.
- Require universities to provide prospective students with information about job prospects in their fields.
- Introduce a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with universities, basing tuition caps and provincial funding on the institutiton’s performance and standards.
- Create graduate student scholarships for research and innovation.
- Eliminate interest on provincial portion of student loans.
- Allow apprentices to earn hours out of province and access block training more easily.
- Provide incentives for companies to hire apprentices.
- Expand Student Career Skills Development Program.
- Lobby federal government to increase number of immigrants Nova Scotia can accept under provincial nominee program.
- Introduce a law requiring that all provincial entities give preference to purchasing local produce.
- Create Graduate to Opportunity Program to increase youth employment.
- Create Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council to improve system.
- Promote Cape Breton and Halifax as tourism destinations and improve tourism signage.
- Help new graduates buy first home.
- Incentives for companies to hire apprentices.
- Introduce Five Year Transportation Strategy to clarify provincial government’s role in providing transportation infrastructure.
- Invest in public transit and community-based transit inside and outside capital region.
- Expand the provincial highway plan to a multi-year plan for local roads.
- Reduce HST to 13 per cent.
- Reduce HST as soon as there is a sufficient budget surplus.
- Reduce HST by 1 per cent annually in 2014 and 2015.
- Provide incentives for doctors to work in rural areas.
- Permit pharmacists to provide more services.
- Fund insulin pumps for Nova Scotians up to age 25.
- Provide $120,000 in tuition relief for up to 25 doctors per year for four years in exchange for rural service.
- Add five more Collaborative Emergency Centres, which are essentially 24/7 hospitals.
- Work with doctors to provide same day or next day appointments for primary care.
- Reduce size of government and review all government services and programs.
- Create an Ethics Commissioner who can compel MLAs to repay misspent funds.
- Set fixed election and budget dates.
- Perform full audit of the province’s finances, implement a plan to balance the budget.
- Appoint a board for the Nova Scotia Housing Development Corporation.
- Balance the budget for next four years.