Nova Scotia’s Antiquated Liquor Laws Need a Complete Overhaul

This week, the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia tabled legislation to allow delivery services such as Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes deliver beer and wine on behalf of the restaurants providing the food. It’s a fairly simple idea and it shouldn’t really be too contentious. Except our current liquor legislation is built on …

Nova Scotia Payroll Tax Rebates – Let’s look at broad relief rather than just picking winners and losers

Nova Scotia has a long history of government funding for private business. It has taken many forms and over the years and has been subjected to varying degrees of public scrutiny and accountability. While supporting growing firms and providing for their ability to grow is an appropriate role for government, the question is how should …

Economic barbed wire

Steps are being taken by Atlantic Canadian political leaders to dismantle a virtual wall erected between provinces over more than a century. by Jordi Morgan and Erin McGrath-Gaudet In perhaps one of the most memorable moments of his presidency, in 1987 Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin and implored Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev …

An Opportunity for Nova Scotia to do the Right Thing

CFIB has continually asked the provincial government to lower the SBTR and raise the small business tax threshold to the national average of $500,000. With the approach in the latest federal budget, we believe Nova Scotia small businesses should be able to benefit equally from this new rate drop.

Ray Ivany and the Cold Hard Truth About Our Culture of… Whaaa?

In March of 2002 Stephen Harper set off a firestorm of criticism after being quoted in the Saint John Telegraph Journal. When asked about the economic performance of the region, he responded by saying, "I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we …

Why Nova Scotia Business Fears Government – Part 1

Business in Nova Scotia is afraid. Yes, afraid to speak up on important issues of public policy in our province. Why? Because there is legitimate concern their business might be shut out of what has evolved into our alternate economy. The economy of government expenditure. For some business, speaking out against it could be crippling. …