Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

November 19, 2014 14:29 ET

Tax review more like a spending freeze blueprint for McNeil - CUPE Nova Scotia

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 19, 2014) - CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says the provincial government's tax and regulatory review looks more like a spending freeze blueprint for a premier that's looking to tighten the screws on workers and their families.

Says Cavanagh, "It conveniently recommends freezing government spending and reducing red tape and deregulation, which are typically code for privatization and contracting out of public services.

"It's a regressive plan. The primary beneficiaries will be top income earners and corporations. Lower income families, the middle class and those depending on public services will lose out the most. Increasing the basic personal exemption will do little or nothing to help the poor and those on low incomes," says Cavanagh.

"Laurel Broten's tax reform looks like a replica of New Brunswick's disastrous tax reform proposals from 2008 that resulted in rising deficits, increasing inequality and a stagnating economy - and that all political parties in that province have now backed away from. It's a recipe for rising inequality and slowing growth," he says.

Cavanagh says shifting from income tax to consumption taxes - with an expanded HST - hasn't worked in other jurisdictions. It has actually resulted in growing inequality, lots of money in the hands of a few, and poor economic and productivity growth.

Adds Cavanagh, "And how will the elimination of the volunteer and healthy living tax credits help our communities? Many organizations like fire departments and ground search & rescue can't get enough volunteers now."

Contact Information

  • Danny Cavanagh
    CUPE NS President
    (902) 957-0822 (Cell)

    John McCracken
    CUPE Atlantic Communications Representative
    (902) 880-8057 (Cell)