tighter management of spending review of programs tax measures a renewed commitment to enhance the economy. The report stresses that doing nothing is not an option, or more importantly, the path Nova Scotia is on is simply not sustainable. “I want to thank the panel members for their hard work over the past two months,” Premier Dexter said. “This in-depth report will be a key tool for the government in preparing for next year’s budget and developing a plan to put Nova Scotia back on a sustainable path.” Nova Scotians have shown they are interested in the future of their province by taking the time to write to the panel and attend focus sessions to share their views, which are reflected in the report. “I’d like to see Nova Scotians continue to be involved in the process,” the premier said. “I urge people to read the report to fully understand the scope of the problem and the challenges that lie ahead, and then let us know what they think. “We need everyone’s help to develop a plan to move forward. After all, this is the future of their province.” Monday, Nov. 16, Premier Dexter and Finance Minister Graham Steele will respond to the report and outline the next steps to address Nova Scotia’s financial challenge. To view the panel’s full report and recommendations, visit www.gov.ns.ca/tpb . The Economic Advisory Panel’s report, released today, Nov. 13, shows Nova Scotia is in serious financial trouble and will have to make some tough choices to restore the province to a solid, balanced fiscal standing. “This is truly a watershed moment for Nova Scotia,” Premier Darrell Dexter said. “It is clear from the panel’s advice that government and Nova Scotians have some very tough decisions ahead. If anyone thinks there is an easy way out, they are wrong.” The first phase of an independent financial review by Deloitte revealed in August that Nova Scotia is on a path to a $1.3-billion deficit. The premier’s first step was to appoint a four-member panel to define major policy challenges arising from the Deloitte report and identify options for government. In its report, the panel recommends that government wait to balance the budget until 2012-13. It also suggests government consider a combination of the following options to address Nova Scotia’s serious fiscal challenges:
A marketing campaign promoting the world-class offerings of Nova Scotia universities was launched in Halifax today, Jan. 11. The campaign markets Nova Scotia as “Canada’s University Capital” to prospective students and their parents. “We are sending a strong message to students across Canada: Nova Scotia is the destination for education in this country,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks, on behalf of the Premier Darrell Dexter. “We want prospective students and their parents to know that Nova Scotia’s universities offer a wide range of quality programs and a personalized approach to learning.” An enthusiastic crowd of university students and alumni from across Nova Scotia were on hand for the launch. “The competition for students in Canada is fierce, this campaign will help Nova Scotia’s universities stand out and remind our young people that a world-class education can be found right here,” said Cape Breton University president John Harker, chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. The campaign brings together every university in the province, offering a unified voice under the Come to Life brand. An interactive website gives visitors an opportunity to meet a professor from each university and receive a brief introduction to their university. From the campaign site, visitors can access links to explore offerings of each university. The campaign will also be launched with events in Toronto and Ottawa later this month. “This campaign is one part of government’s overall goal to attract and retain young people to the province. After receiving their education at one of the province’s fine universities, we invite those alumni to stay here, put down roots, and build a life in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “Nova Scotia is also grateful for the many friends and ambassadors around the world who have come to Nova Scotia for their higher education and continue to boast about the province, its people and their experiences at our universities.” “The education I received in Nova Scotia was invaluable to me,” said John Rogers, an Acadia and Dalhousie alumnus and CEO of the law firm of Stewart McKelvey. “My professors knew me by name. I felt like I was part of a community. The value given to excellence in my field of study instilled a sense of pride that has carried on throughout my career. It provided me with the foundation for life-long learning.” A province steeped in a tradition of education, Nova Scotia remains an education destination of choice for out-of-province and international students. In 2009, more than 16,000 out-of-province students and more than 4,000 international students from 100 countries were enrolled in programs across the province.