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profile sm4As 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.

Karen Casey

WE HAVE MOVED !

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

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No Child Should Ever Go Hungry

Through Nourish NS, your Nova Scotia Liberal government is expanding the school breakfast program to provide a healthy breakfast to every single student in the province, five days a week.

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Caregiver Benefit Program

About 600 more Nova Scotians will receive support for providing care to adults living at home through the expansion of the Caregiver Benefit Program.

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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.

 We want to continue our work to build a stronger province, not just for families today but for future generations. That starts with our own fiscal health and we have laid out a clear, reasonable and sustainable fiscal plan. In fact, our Bond rating from Standard & Poor’s has improved. As well the Parliamentary Budget Office has stated that Nova Scotia is one of three provinces in Canada to have achieved financial balance.

This improvement has been realized through your Government making some difficult, but necessary decisions. One of the largest expenses of Government is to pay the interest on the current provincial debt. That debt is $15 billion. The 2016/17 surplus has allowed us to make a payment on the provincial debt and Nova Scotia has not been in that position to reduce the debt since 2011.

We are working very hard to ensure that we do not live beyond our means and that we do not continue to add to that debt for future generations to pay. Matching revenue to expenses and balancing the cheque book of the province is not unlike managing our own personal cheque book. It often means making difficult decisions.

Your Government has continued to invest in Education, Health Care and Community Services. These are all programs that benefit all Nova Scotians in one way or another. We are also in a stronger position to invest in pre-primary, orthopedic wait times, mental health services, supports for expensive take home cancer drugs, opioid addiction programs and in creating an economy that provides jobs for our young people.

January 1, 2018 also marked the beginning of your Government’s Tax Reforms. Premier McNeil has said in the past that these reforms would begin once our Budgets were balanced. He has kept that commitment by introducing tax relief to more than 500 000 low and middle income Nova Scotians. This was achieved by increasing the Tax Free Basic Personal Amount allowed for tax credit when filing your Income Tax.

This is the largest tax break in recent history for the province of Nova Scotia and the first for your Government. I look forward to your continued support as your Government moves forward with tax changes designed to help more Nova Scotians.

Karen Casey, MLA

Colchester North

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Contact Information

Our New Office Location
10653 HWY. 2, MASSTOWN
Debert, Nova Scotia  
B0M 1G0
(grey office building beside the Petro Can opposite the Masstown Market)
 
Phone: 902-641-2200
Fax: 902-641-2266
 
Send Karen an Email: Click Here
 
Monday – Thursday  8:30 – 3:30
 
Tatamagouche office: 
3rd Thursday each month at the Tatamagouche Fire Hall
Hours: 1:30 – 4 pm