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(Halifax) – Reacting to today’s provincial budget from the Hamm government, the president of CUPE Nova Scotia says, “Working people will judge the Tories on their recordnot on their promises.”

Betty Jean Sutherland says the pre-election budget reaches new lows, when it comes to attempts to buy votes. “Nova Scotians who were wondering what their vote is worth, now know. According to the Hamm government, it’s worth $155,” says Sutherland.

That’s the amount of money the Tories have promised in the form of a tax refund to all those who paid income tax in the last three years.

Says Sutherland, “Working people in the province need to ask themselves a simple question: Am I better off financially than I was four years ago when this government took office?”

“That $155 is going to look pale when measured up against huge increases in heating costs this winter, skyrocketing auto insurance rates, gasoline prices, nursing home costs for seniors and much more,” says Sutherland.

For information:
Betty Jean Sutherland, President, CUPE Nova Scotia
(902) 396-5429 (h)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180 (o)