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In London (UK), Karen took the opportunity to visit students and teachers in their classroom,
In London for the The Education World Forum, Karen took the opportunity to visit students and teachers in their classroom, and to engage with them on the curriculum.
Enjoying a visit at the Lower Onslow Community Centre daycare.
Karen in discussions with Premier Stephen McNeil and Minister Diana Whalen
Karen joins the River Restoration Crew on the Waugh River as they construct fish ladders and other areas to support and protect the fish population.
The Tatamagouche Branch of Scotia Bank celebrates100 years of service !
The Tatamagouche Branch of Scotia Bank celebrated 100 years of service to the community. Former and current staff joined in the celebration.
As the MLA for Colchester North, I'm pleased to provide this website as a useful and informative resource.
My committment as a MLA is to be open and approachable to all residents of Colchester North. I invite you to share your ideas, concerns and/or questions. Together we can seek solutions.
PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN THE LOCATION OF THE COLCHESTER NORTH CONSTITUENCY OFFICE. WE ARE NOW LOCATED AT 10653 HWY. 2, MASSTOWN (LOCATED IN THE GREY OFFICE BUILDING TO RIGHT OF THE PETRO CAN OPPOSITE THE MASSTOWN MARKET). Click Here for Map and Directions
Through hard work, prudent fiscal management, controlled departmental spending and strategic investments, Nova Scotia is moving forward. The province is committed to fiscal sustainability, with a focus on disciplined public spending and responding to the needs of Nova Scotians.
On March 20, I was proud to table the 2018-19 budget. It was the 3rd consecutive balanced budget for our province. The importance of balancing the provincial budget is three fold…it demonstrates the ability of a province to live within its means…ensuring that the revenues of the province exceed the expenses. This is not unlike managing our own personal finances, where one may be tempted to overspend, but fails to recognize this is only a short-term solution. For a province like Nova Scotia that does not have a resource-rich stream of revenue, we must be wise and prudent in our spending. We are only one of two provinces that have been identified as being on a fiscally sustainable path. In fact, our 4 year fiscal plan (2018-2022) is projecting a balanced budget for each of those years.
It is always important to have and to keep jobs in Nova Scotia. Recent trends in jobs and unemployment statistics are reasons to be optimistic. However, it is equally important for the voices of business owners to be heard. As employers, they are the economic drivers in our communities. Their success is our success.
As the One Nova Scotia Report states very clearly, “we need business and community leadership in the pursuit of economic growth: these sectors need to pull the economy forward rather than it being pushed by government policies and investments”.
I recently met with business leaders in Colchester County to hear their concerns and their opinions. Two recent Tax Reforms were well received by the industry, and Government was encouraged to move forward gradually with other measures.
Province Supporting Business by Reducing Red Tape
A vibrant and growing economy is a critical part of a strong province. It’s the foundation for safe and connected communities, our health and well-being, and educating and training our youth for the future.
While we see the private sector taking the lead in spurring economic activity, government can help create a business climate that supports economic success.
That includes developing and maintaining an efficient regulatory system that protects consumers, citizens, workers and the environment without creating unnecessary complexity or cost to business. And, it includes working with our Atlantic neighbours to harmonize and co-ordinate business rules where it makes sense.
In January, we recognize Red Tape Awareness Week – a week the Canadian Federation of Independent Business created 10 years ago to shine a light on the burden of red tape and highlight the opportunity regulatory reform can have as part of a broader economic strategy.
One of the priorities for the Liberal Government in Nova Scotia is to promote a more inclusive and accessible province. This is a vital part of the Nova Scotia Culture Action Plan and in order to improve that accessibility our Government is providing funding to support small businesses throughout the province.
One in five Nova Scotians identify as a person with a disability. We know that small businesses need support as they improve accessibility in their own facility. Our Government will fund up to 66% of project costs to small businesses through the Small Business ACCESS-Ability Program.
In my earlier MLA Report (link here), I wrote about the opening of provincial parks across the province. Of course, the one of great interest “along the shore” is the Five Islands Provincial Park. I wrote about the hundreds of tourists who visit Nova Scotia each summer, and many of those tourists enjoy camping in our parks. With the tourist season officially over, our province can boast having the best tourist season on record with over 1.9 million folks choosing Nova Scotia as their destination. That increase in tourists resulted in a significant increase in the number of campers to Five Islands Park, 4 371 visitors enjoyed the overnight camping experience in our Park in 2017. That is an increase of over 1000 visitors since last year. In fact, the number of visitors has increased consistently since 2014, when the number of camper sites was 2003.
The 2017/18 Budget is the first Budget of your Government’s second mandate. Your Liberal Government was returned in May 2017. This is the first back to back majority for a government in Nova Scotia in close to 30 years. As we begin 2018, it is important that all Nova Scotians understand the success of Premier McNeil and your Government in restoring the fiscal health of the province. As the Minister of Finance and your MLA in Colchester North, I was pleased to recently present our second consecutive balanced Budget.
Let me begin by extending a welcome to Dr. Lisa MacKinnon, who has recently joined the staff of physicians providing health care to residents along the north shore. Lisa will bring the complement of physicians back up to four including Dr. Rob Bush, Dr. Dan MacDonald and Dr. Michael Glasgow.
Residents have been patient and sometimes frustrated with the speed of the recruitment process, however, I do want to congratulate all those who continue their efforts and who were successful in bringing Lisa to the community.