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Nova Scotia finance minister keeps details under wraps for April 19 budget

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NS Finance minister delivers pre-budget address
WATCH ABOVE: Nova Scotia's Finance Minister, Randy Delorey, delivered his pre-budget address to the Halifax Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. But while he revealed the budget will be tabled on April 19, he offered no real details about what the budget will contain. Rebecca Lau reports – Mar 30, 2016

Nova Scotia’s finance minister chose to keep the details of the upcoming provincial budget under wraps in the annual preview speech today before the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Aside from revealing the April 19 date, Randy Delorey deviated from the pattern set by his predecessors and gave no indication of specific new measures that may be revealed when the budget is tabled in the legislature.

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budget to be tabled april 19

Last year, then-finance minister Diana Whalen warned of pending changes to the province’s film tax credit, a move that eventually sparked widespread protest by the industry.

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Following the speech, Delorey told reporters that there would be nothing in the budget that would be a major surprise to Nova Scotians or that would spark protests.

READ MORE: Figures suggest NS film industry workers earning, working less

Delorey also wouldn’t say whether the government would move to balance the books, which it has pledged to do by the end of its mandate.

WATCH: Finance Minister Randy Delorey speaks about how Nova Scotians should be feeling hopeful ahead of the soon-to-be announced 2016 budget.
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Nova Scotians should be hopeful

However, he says it will stick with its program aimed at controlling costs as it grapples with the $241.2 million deficit forecasted for fiscal 2015-16.

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