Thanks to everyone who is following our story and assisting us in this important fight. We have met with 6 out of the 8 MLA’s and 1 MP and one more MP (Cuzner) this week. The NSEF is running into silence from Ottawa and Halifax on this issue. We will have much more information for you next week after a few important meetings this week. Thanks again to all who are assisting us in our battle to save Cape Breton from the abuse and neglect from our own provincial government.
The Nova Scotia Government will receive $1.838 billion this year in the form of an equalization payment from Ottawa. Halifax, as a city, does not qualify for any of these funds due to their low taxes, low unemployment, infrastructure growth, population growth, etc. The provincial capital will pass out only $32 million to all the towns and municipalities combined from the $1.838 billion and keep the rest in the general revenue. They will keep $1.806 billion in funds that the Constitution Act of 1982 states should reach the areas of the province that need it to build infrastructure, lower taxes, create jobs, etc. etc.
Five towns were recently forced to dissolve in Nova Scotia with the latest fatality being the Town of Canso, a four hundred year old town. Cape Breton Island has a population of over 134,000 with CBRM being its economic center and we receive $15 million in Equalization per year and this figure should be around $246 million. PEI has about 10,000 more residents than Cape Breton and they receive $419 million in Equalization.
The provincial government in Halifax is keeping all the provinces money. It is time to stand up against this crime and tell our provincial government that we will not tolerate this any further. The NSEF have been fighting this situation for over 17 years now and have contacted every level of government possible both federally and provincially but no one will help. This is a direct violation of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and goes against the Constitution of Canada.
It is time to protest to save our Island! We, the people of Cape Breton, will have to do what we are paying our politicians currently to do. Halifax is the fastest growing city in Canada while CBRM now has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country. Please click on the “Click here to get involved” tab above to help us fight this battle against our own government and save our most beautiful island. Thank you for your support.
The Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness
Note: The NSEF is in no way associated with any political party. All parties have been in power and have done nothing to help our situation.