Progressive Conservatives to release election platform Thursday


Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives will release their official party platform today ahead of the Aug. 17 election.

The Tories have said their platform will be fully costed and will focus on the party's promise to reform health care.

Party spokesperson Catherine Klimek says the platform will include a plan to help increase physician recruitment and retention.

The platform is also expected to build on Party Leader Tim Houston's promise on Wednesday to improve Nova Scotia's long-term care sector.

The Tories released an outline for senior care last summer, promising at least 2,500 single-person rooms at long-term care facilities and thousands of new staff.

Klimek says the plan largely remains the same but some slight adjustments have been made.

Nova Scotia NDP leader Gary Burill is promising to roll back what he says is $70.5 million tax break for corporations if his party wins the provincial election next month.

Burill says an NDP government would scrap the corporate tax cut announced in the last provincial budget and reallocate the money to small businesses.

The Liberal government said it was cutting the corporate tax rate to 14 per cent from 16 per cent because it was higher in Nova Scotia than other provinces.

But the NDP says there are larger priorities as the province recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nova Scotia Liberals are promising to apply for federal funding to twin two more sections of highway in the province if they're re-elected.

The Liberals say Highway 104 to Port Hawkesbury and Highway 103 to Bridgewater will be the next two twinning projects prioritized by a Rankin government.

They also say the projects will improve interprovincial trade, make travel safer and create jobs.

The party estimates the projects will cost $237 million.