So what is holding our economy back? Well, for starters: high taxes, power rates and red tape.
You have probably experienced red tape yourself. Ever try to get a simple answer from the government only to get the run around and hurdles to jump over? A prime example of this is the over-complicated process of starting a new business in our province. In Alberta, a company name can be registered in as little as a day, while here in Nova Scotia it can take months. Why does government keep making it harder for a new business to open? We should be encouraging growth, not hindering it.
Small businesses are the backbone of our community, our main streets and our economy. A PC government would allow all businesses, especially small businesses, the opportunity to earn their way to a lower tax rate when they add employees to their payroll through our Earned Rate Reduction program. Hire people, earn a lower tax rate. I am proud to say that this is a Pictou County born and bred idea.
Plus, we would fight against Ottawa’s insistence that Nova Scotia initiate a carbon tax.
These are the type of common sense goals that I favour. Nova Scotians are tired of governments not taking responsibility for slow growth. Many governments have had a hand in the problems but that is yesterday. Let’s talk about tomorrow. For tomorrow to be successful we need solutions that create jobs, keeps jobs, and grows our local economies – that is my focus.
PC Candidate for Pictou East