Our vision for a fair and prosperous Nova Scotia is rooted in affordability and equity. We can only achieve a strong economic recovery when all Nova Scotians have the chance to succeed.
Nova Scotia entered the pandemic in a strong fiscal position. The economy was growing, people saw opportunity here and were moving to our province in record numbers.
We now have the chance to take the next step as a province – recovering with inclusive economic growth, protecting our environment, and fostering a more equitable society.
The pandemic taught us many lessons, some of them difficult. COVID demonstrated that we can come together as a province, that we can unite to protect one another and to achieve incredible things. However, it also revealed some systemic inequalities in our system.
The burdens of the pandemic were not shared equally across society, rather, were borne disproportionately by those already disadvantaged or marginalized, including women, seniors, youth, racialized people, or those with lower incomes.
Our government took steps to begin addressing issues of equity and affordability throughout our response to COVID, ensuring those experiencing the greatest hardship received priority support as we worked to protect public safety.
Though we have come a long way in Nova Scotia – there is so much more to do. The pandemic has shown the importance of providing all Nova Scotians with equal opportunities for economic success, but also reiterated the need to reflect on emerging issues of social justice.
A re-elected Liberal Government will continue our dedicated efforts to make life more affordable and equitable for all Nova Scotians while investing in families, reducing poverty and tackling racism.
We can write a brighter new chapter for Nova Scotians – but we need to do it together.