October 13, 2017 7:00 pm

Nova Scotia budget passes vote without support by opposition parties

The Nova Scotia 2017-2018 budget was presented on April 27, 2017

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The Nova Scotia legislature has passed the Liberal government’s $10.5-billion budget.

The Liberals needed all of their slim majority to pass the fiscal document, receiving no support from the opposition Progressive Conservatives and NDP.

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The final vote was 25 to 23.

It followed 40 hours of estimates debate in the legislature.

An additional $6.2 million in new health spending was added to the budget, which was originally presented in April but then shelved for the May 30 provincial election campaign.

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When it was presented again on Sept. 26, Finance Minister Karen Casey said it built on the earlier document and fulfilled Liberal promises to deliver back-to-back surpluses and to lower taxes.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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