HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government is backtracking on a promise to distribute a second inflation-relief package in the short term to people with low incomes.
The reversal comes three weeks after Finance Minister Allan MacMaster said a second set of targeted measures would be announced soon.
Nova Scotia announced a $13-million package in March that included a one-time payment of $150 to people on income assistance and to those eligible to receive the province’s heating-assistance rebate.
But Premier Tim Houston said following a cabinet meeting today his government is instead considering measures that will be sustainable over the longer term, although he wasn’t specific.
Houston says the government has many issues to balance and has to ensure that anything done to fight inflation in the short term doesn’t adversely affect the delivery of services in other areas, such as health care and education.
MacMaster has also ruled out a cut to gasoline taxes because he has said the loss of revenue would affect improvements to the province’s roads and highways.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 2, 2022.
The Canadian Press