Budget day in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's Liberal government is expected to table a budget Thursday that opposition parties say is the prelude to a snap election call.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says he believes the budget won't go to a vote in the legislature before Nova Scotians go to the polls.

Baillie says voters won't know what's in the budget because it won't be subjected to the usual scrutiny in the house of assembly.

NDP Leader Gary Burrill says calling an election before a vote in the house would be, quote, "undemocratic and sneaky."

Premier Stephen McNeil is doing little to dismiss election speculation, but he is defending what he says is a "real budget" that he says will present a thoughtful plan.

Finance Minister Randy Delorey has said the budget will be balanced.

A government source says there will be $2.4 million included for two medical programs with the net affect of an additional 50 doctors a year for the health system.