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    Today, the NSNDP will introduce two new pieces of legislation: a bill to protect Seniors' Pharmacare, and one to eliminate the provincial portion of HST on funerals. Read the full release: http://nsndp.ca/ns/ndp-introduces-legislation-to-protect-seniors-pharmacare-and-to-eliminate-hst-on-funerals
    Apr 26, 2016 8:14 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    The NDP is calling on Stephen McNeil and the Liberals to hold a vote on Bill 43, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, which would ban pay-for-plasma clinics in Nova Scotia. According to NDP health critic Dave Wilson: “The Liberals refuse to allow a vote on this important legislation. Nova Scotians do not want to see corporations buying and selling blood and plasma. Paying for plasma is a slippery slope.”
    Apr 26, 2016 7:58 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Dave speaks against pay for plasma clinics:
    Apr 26, 2016 6:13 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    At 10 am the NDP Caucus will hold a press conference on Bill 43, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act. Our guest speaker will be Kat Lanteigne, the co-founder of BloodWatch.org. Kat has been travelling around the country to push governments to ban private, for-profit pay-for-plasma clinics. More details soon!
    Apr 26, 2016 4:26 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Gary's Monday Message: Building our Party in Cape Breton "Most importantly, the reception to our Party’s message on addressing income inequality and eliminating poverty was received with thunderous applause. I was thrilled to speak to a full house at the Grand Lake Fire Hall on Friday, April 15th. There is a real sense that after our great disappointments in the last provincial and federal elections it is now time to rebuild our Party in Cape Breton on the basis of social, environmental and economic justice. Huge thanks to Kendra Coombes and Lois MacDougall, and the NDP members of Cape Breton Centre and Glace Bay, for organizing such a fantastic event." Read the full message: http://nsndp.ca/ns/building-our-party-in-cape-breton
    Apr 25, 2016 4:01 pm | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Gary Burrill is heading to Southwest Nova Scotia this week to meet with community groups and speak with local media. In his words: “There is something fundamentally wrong with our economy when the top 1% of income earners in Atlantic Canada make $259,300 a year while the bottom 90% of people make only $26,700 per year,” says Burrill. “The NDP will make addressing income inequality a major priority. It will be our goal to make Nova Scotia the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate poverty.”
    Apr 25, 2016 6:29 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Mental health care is in crisis in Nova Scotia. Wait times for community-based mental health programs have increased by 25% on average. Sydney has the longest wait times in the province at 253 days. The Liberals say everything is fine. In response to a question from NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson, Leo Glavine, the Liberal Health Minister, said in the Legislature that mental health services are better than a year ago. Dave says "I don't buy that." Learn more : http://globalnews.ca/news/2657261/ns-opposition-parties-say-more-needed-to-reduce-mental-health-service-wait-times/
    Apr 23, 2016 5:03 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    The Liberals plan to privatize the Victoria General Hospital will cost Nova Scotians millions: “Even the Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and Wellness has warned the Liberals against privatizing the Victoria General Hospital,” says Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic. “Nova Scotia spent millions more than necessary in the 1990s because the last Liberal government decided to build P3 schools. Now we will spend millions more than necessary again so this Liberal government can privatize our hospitals and build P3 health facilities.” http://nsndp.ca/ns/liberal-plan-for-vg-p3-will-cost-nova-scotians-millions
    Apr 21, 2016 8:48 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Dave Wilson will be on the Sheldon MacLeod Show at 2:45 to talk about the NDP's bill to ban pay-for-plasma clinics. Tune in at News 95.7
    Apr 20, 2016 10:40 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Today is Opposition Day and the NDP Caucus will call two important pieces of legislation. The first, is our Grocery Security Bil to help end hunger in Nova Scotia. The second is a bill to ban private, for-profit Pay-for-Plasma clinics from opening in Nova Sscotia. Learn more: http://nsndp.ca/ns/ndp-calls-grocery-security-and-banning-pay-for-plasma-clinics-for-debate
    Apr 20, 2016 5:13 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Liberals "balance" budget on backs of problem gamblers Today, Stephen McNeil and the Liberals used a projected 23% increase in VLT revenues to balance the provincial budget. According to the 2016-17 Provincial Budget, VLT revenues are estimated to reach a total of $144.6 million, a total increase of $27.1 million. Over the past two years VLT Revenue has increased in Nova Scotia by $37.8 million. “Problem gamblers in Nova Scotia need help from their government, not a government who uses them as cash cows,” NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson said. http://nsndp.ca/ns/liberals-balance-budget-on-backs-of-problem-gamblers
    Apr 19, 2016 1:10 pm | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Liberal austerity budget is a "surplus of words" Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill says “What the Liberals have given us is a surplus of words. What we needed was a serious investment in opportunities for people. The Liberals have failed to show they have any ideas other than austerity.” http://nsndp.ca/ns/budget-20162017-a-surplus-of-words
    Apr 19, 2016 11:19 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    As we get ready for the provincial budget today, it's important to look back a year at the last budget the Liberals introduced. Last year, the Liberals gutted the Film Tax Credit and began to destory an entire industry. The NDP has been proud to stand with film workers and the arts community against these unnecessary and economically foolish cuts. Since we have been back in the House last week, we have raised the Film Tax Credit in Question Period, sent out news releases, done media interviews, and more to hold the Liberals to account over these cuts. The study released by Screen Nova Scotia has helped shift the debate and highlights that for every dollar spent on the Film Tax Credit, seven dollars of new economic activity are produced. This is an incredible ratio. NDP MLA Lenore Zann MLA has been remarkably active on this file and will be meeting with the new Executive Director of Screen Nova Scotia this week to help determine the next steps our Party can take to continue pressuring the LIberals. Gary Burrill and the NDP Caucus are very clear on this issue - an NDP government will restore the Film Tax Credit. But we won't stop there. Simply restoring the Film Tax Credit is not enough to support the arts in Nova Scotia. We will be organizing meetings with people in the arts community over the next number of weeks to envision how to go beyond the Film Tax Credit toward a comprehensive plan to develop Nova Scotia's creative economy and support arts and culture.
    Apr 19, 2016 4:43 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    MLA Lenore Zann will be on the Sheldon McLeod show on News 95.7 at 4:45 on the film tax credit. Tune in!
    Apr 18, 2016 12:40 pm | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Today's message from Gary: a New Democratic vision, a time for action. "Rather than waiting, isn’t it time for us to decisively begin implementing real poverty reduction measures, the health care system we need, and environmental protection with some teeth?"
    Apr 18, 2016 11:27 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    The motor vehicle, land, and joint stock registries have been saved from privatization--a position for which the NDP has strongly advocated. According to Gary Burrill: “I am pleased the Government has decided to keep the registries wholly within the public domain. I am disappointed the Government had to spend close to a million dollars to arrive at this obvious conclusion.”
    Apr 18, 2016 10:46 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Today, Gary heads to Granville Ferry to be the guest speaker at the Annapolis NDP Association AGM. 2 pm at the Granville Ferry Hall. All welcome!
    Apr 17, 2016 7:14 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    To mark the National Day of Action on the Fight for $15, Dave Wilson is asking the government why they won't increase the minimum wage by a fair amount. The Minister said that increasing minimum wage will hurt low wage workers...
    Apr 15, 2016 6:13 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Today, the Nova Scotia NDP will introduce legislation to make grocery security a reality for all Nova Scotians. People should be able to get their food at a grocery store or a farmers' market, not a food bank. 44,000 Nova Scotians went to food banks last year. 100% unacceptable. Grocery security now.
    Apr 15, 2016 4:40 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    New NDP Leader targets Liberals' austerity "obsession" via Localxpress http://www.localxpress.ca/news/2016/4/13/burrill-first-day
    Apr 14, 2016 2:00 pm | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    MLA Lenore Zann is calling on Stephen McNeil to apologize to the arts community: “Gutting the Film Tax Credit was a bad decision. Premier Stephen McNeil should admit the he was wrong, apologize to the arts community, and restore the Film Tax Credit.”
    Apr 14, 2016 11:50 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Burrill says Liberal austerity agenda out of sync: “The McNeil Liberals are out of sync with the best current economic thinking on this subject,” says Burrill, “including that of the federal Liberals. What Nova Scotia needs is the stimulus provided by infrastructure investment, skills training, and an increase in the minimum wage.” Revenue generation is also addressed through ensuring that a fair share of taxes is paid by everyone. “As we have seen with the release of the Panama Papers, cracking down on tax havens and restoring taxes on corporations and wealthier individuals to a fairer level can create a great deal of the revenue required for improvements in the services available to people in Nova Scotia,” says Burrill. “This is the difference between an austerity-based and an investment-based agenda.” http://nsndp.ca/ns/burrill-says-liberals-austerity-agenda-out-of-sync
    Apr 14, 2016 7:23 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Great recap of yesterday's press conference where Gary and the NDP Caucus outlined our spring legislative agenda. Check it out! https://nsadvocate.org/2016/04/13/newsbrief-ndp-reveals-legislative-wish-list-on-poverty-healthcare-and-environment/
    Apr 14, 2016 5:26 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Apr 13, 2016 7:20 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    This morning at 11 am at Province House, newly elected Nova Scotoa NDP Leader Gary Burrill and members of the NDP Caucus will hold a press conference to outline our Party's legislative agenda for the Spring session of the House. Three focus areas: 1. Reducing income inequality 2. Strengthening public health care 3. Protecting our environment Stay tuned for more details at 11!
    Apr 13, 2016 4:32 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Newly elected Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill congratulates Maureen MacDonald on her retirement from the legislature. "Maureen MacDonald's intelligence, work ethic, and dedication to progressive ideals will be greatly missed in our Caucus," says Burrill. "Maureen was one of the best Health Ministers our province has ever had. As Minister she made generic drugs more affordable, expanded children's dental care, created a network of Collaborative Emergency Centres throughout the province, and brought in Nova Scotia's first mental health strategy. Public health care in Nova Scotia is stronger as a result of her work." "On behalf of all New Democrats, I want to thank Maureen for her incredible service to our Party, to the people of Halifax Needham, and to our Province."
    Apr 12, 2016 8:53 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Gary will host a public town hall meeting in Cape Breton on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 pm at the Grand Lake Fire Hall. Check out more details on Gary's first trip to Cape Breton: http://nsndp.ca/ns/nsndp-leader-gary-burrill-to-host-town-hall-in-cape-breton
    Apr 08, 2016 8:05 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Lenore Zann MLA concerned delaying Eastlink Fund could put film productions in jeopardy. On the eve of the one year anniversary of the McNeil government’s slashing of the Film Tax Credit, Zann is disappointed by the overwhelmingly negative impact the McNeil government has had on the industry overall. “Uncertainty, loss, turmoil. All this as a result of ill-advised decisions by a short-sighted Government,” Zann said. http://nsndp.ca/ns/zann-concerned-delaying-eastlink-fund-could-put-productions-in-jeopardy
    Apr 08, 2016 6:45 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Dave Wilson will be on the Rick Howe Show this morning at 9:15 am to urge the Liberals to keep Nova Scotia's hospitals publicly-owned and oppose P3s. Tune in on News 95.7.
    Apr 08, 2016 4:32 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Dave Wilson will be on the Rick Howe Show tomorrow morning at 9:15 am to urge the Liberals to keep Nova Scotia's hospitals publicly-owned and oppose P3s. Tune in tomorrow on News 95.7.
    Apr 07, 2016 1:42 pm | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA and Health critic Dave Wilson calls on Stephen McNeil and the Liberals to keep our hospitals publicly owned: “We know when it comes to public infrastructure, like schools, roads and hospitals, the P3 model ends up costing taxpayers much more in the long run” said Wilson. “The P3 deals signed by a Liberal government in the 1990s were hastily put together and Nova Scotians have been on the hook for far more than the original building costs. We should be putting as much money as possible into front line health care and not the pockets of corporations.” http://nsndp.ca/ns/mla-dave-wilson-renews-call-to-keep-nova-scotia-hospitals-publicly-owned
    Apr 07, 2016 10:04 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Marian Mancini will be on News 95.7 at 5:15 pm today to talk about the Liberal's cuts to the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. Tune in!
    Apr 07, 2016 9:56 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    The Liberals eliminated funding for the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. NDP MLA Marian Mancini calls immediate reinstatement of funding. “For twenty-five years, the Law Reform Commission has been working to modernize and improve important pieces of legislation in Nova Scotia” Mancini said. “The value of the work the Commission provides to the Province far out-weighs the modest funding they receive from government, in fact, they donate over $300,000 worth of their time every year.” http://nsndp.ca/ns/ndp-mla-mancini-calls-for-the-immediate-reinstatement-of-funding-to-the-law-reform-commission-of-ns
    Apr 07, 2016 8:33 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse has been diagnosed with MS. She will be taking time away from the legislature with Spring for treatment. Our thoughts are with her and her family at this difficult time.
    Apr 06, 2016 11:22 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    "People need to be able to live" - Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill on why we need a $15 minimum wage. Have a listen to Gary's interview with Rick Howe about the Fight for $15. https://soundcloud.com/gary-burrill/fightfor15
    Apr 06, 2016 4:44 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Check out Gary's Monday Message: Poverty Elimination - We Can Achieve It! "For what we know about poverty and inequality is this: societies that are more equal are more successful, in nearly every category that can be assessed. Their people are healthier, better educated, happier, more creative, less violent (and spend a lot less time in prison). They are much more like the society the majority of us would prefer to live in." http://nsndp.ca/ns/poverty-elimination-we-can-achieve-it
    Apr 04, 2016 8:42 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    With Gary Burrill and the Nova Scotia NDP, we can make poverty history in Nova Scotia. The key goal of the Nova Scotia NDP is to reduce inequality and widen opportunity. With higher wages, food security for all, and affordable education, we can put Nova Scotia on the road to be the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate poverty. Please share if you agree.
    Apr 04, 2016 7:52 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Liberals leave minimum wage earners in poverty: “Alberta has started to increase its minimum wage to $15. California has recently adopted a plan to increase minimum wage to $15. Nova Scotia needs to stand up and say our people are worth it,” says Gary Burrill. “Every person in this province deserves a fair wage.” http://nsndp.ca/ns/liberals-leave-minimum-wage-earners-in-poverty
    Apr 01, 2016 6:56 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Minimum wage goes up by just ten cents today. Working should lift you up, not drag you down - but the Liberals have not made any major increases to minimum wage since they were elected. Gary Burrill and the Nova Scotia NDP stand with low-wage workers across Nova Scotia who are struggling to get by on poverty wages. #FightFor15 Share if you want a higher minimum wage.
    Apr 01, 2016 5:40 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria

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    This evening, Gary heads to the Halifax Citadel-Sable Island NDP AGM. 7 pm, at the Dalhousie Student Union Building. All welcome.
    Mar 31, 2016 12:50 pm | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Today Gary had the pleasure of meeting with federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair in Halifax. Here they are along with Nova Scotia NDP MLAs Marian Mancini and Sterling Belliveau.
    Mar 30, 2016 1:35 pm | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Tonight, Gary heads to Fall River to be the guest speaker at the Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank NDP Association AGM. Gary will speak about the growing income inequality in our province and what our Party needs to do to get ready to take on Stephen McNeil's austerity agenda. 7 pm in the Fall River Sobey's Community Room. All welcome.
    Mar 30, 2016 4:34 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    "In the view of the EAC representatives, many of Nova Scotia’s most difficult environmental problems are really pressing in on us, and firm legislative initiatives are required. We happen to agree, and NDP members should expect that our caucus will carry a strong environmental message in the House of Assembly." - NSNDP leader Gary Burrill on environmental justice.
    Mar 29, 2016 11:01 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Tonight, Gary heads to the Lakeside Community Centre to be the guest speaker for the AGM of the Timberlea-Prospect NDP Association. Gary will speak about what our Party needs to do to get ready for the next election and how we can all help build a more caring and compassionate Nova Scotia. 7 pm. 1492 St Margaret's Bay Road. All welcome.
    Mar 29, 2016 5:23 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau on the lack of federal funding for the Yarmouth ferry.
    Mar 24, 2016 10:57 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Last night Gary was in Lunenburg for a Council of Canadians event on the risks of offshore drilling on the Scotian Shelf. Very informative event! The NDP's priority for offshore industries will always be to protect and develop our fisheries, small harbours, and rural communities.
    Mar 24, 2016 4:50 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP MLA Marian Mancini calls for review of Career Seek Program: http://nsndp.ca/ns/ndp-mla-mancini-calls-for-review-of-career-seek-program
    Mar 23, 2016 6:16 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Great meeting this morning with the Canadian Federation of Students!
    Mar 23, 2016 5:56 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    NDP Caucus members are meeting with reps from the Canadian Federation of Students this morning to discuss the upcoming provincial budget and the outrageous increases in tuition that the Liberals have allowed.
    Mar 23, 2016 5:38 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria
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    Check out Gary's message for March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, outlining 3 concrete steps we can take toward building a non-racist society: "These three steps—following the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations, dealing with our history of environmental racism, and making a determined effort to solve the conditions and biases that place in care so many Mi’kmaq and African Canadian children—are concrete steps our province could begin tomorrow. Today, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, New Democrats stand side by side with those who are experiencing and challenging racism. Every day, we will continue our work with activists who are committed to building a non-racist society." http://nsndp.ca/ns/racial-injustice-in-nova-scotia-a-call-to-action
    Mar 21, 2016 11:22 am | Nova Scotia, Victoria

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