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 …

Province’s tire policy flip-flop is a slap at small business

Tires have historically been environmentally problematic sources of waste. Recently, however, technological advancements have led to much more efficient recycling by manufacturing construction materials, developing tire-derived fuels (TDF) and repurposing. When the province decided the direction for tire recycling, they chose the manufacture of Tire Derived Aggregate or TDA. It has a number of uses, …

What if the results of the Nova Scotia election were declared unconstitutional?

This was a question some of us were mulling over on election night. The ambitious and dedicated folks at community radio station CIOE in Lower Sackville asked me to moderate their coverage on election night with a panel comprised of broadcasting legend Al Hollingsworth, former NDP MLA Michele Raymond and former Nova Scotia finance minister and …

Nova Scotia’s pre election budget: anger and gratitude

Premier Stephen McNeil must be listening to Tony Robbins. One of the tenets of the motivational speaker’s philosophy is it’s impossible to be angry and grateful at the same time. McNeil’s recent budget leverages the idea in spades. CFIB members have been lobbying for tax relief over the last four years. Finance Minister Randy DeLorey …

The Atlantic Provinces “special snowflake” syndrome.

The term “special snowflake” is generally used as a term of derision in the service industry. It comes from the term parents may use for their singularly wonderful child being “special”, like a “snowflake”. After being popularized in the 1999 movie Fight Club, the term has transmuted into a sneering reference to those who feel …

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 …

Of Torches, Pitchforks and the Small Business Business Tax Rate

As the story goes CFIB founder John Bulloch was sitting in his tub reading a federal government white paper on tax reform in 1969. When he saw the government planned to "realign" the economy by raising taxes on small businesses in Canada, he took action. He exposed the scheme in the Toronto Telegram and the …