HALIFAX, NS – A school supplies tax credit will make back to school shopping more affordable for parents and teachers, said Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie.
Today, Baillie announced a PC government will provide parents and teachers with a tax credit of up to $200 to help with the purchase of school supplies.
“Under the NDP, the cost of living and even getting ready for a new school year has become unaffordable for too many families,” said Baillie. “A PC government will put money back in parents’ pockets so they can focus on helping their children soar as high as their abilities can take them.”
Baillie says the highest taxes and the highest power rates in the country are making it harder for Nova Scotia families to make ends meet.
A recent study says that in Atlantic Canada, parents spend an average of $450 getting their children ready to go back to school.
Teresa Orser, a mother of two and the president of the Westmount Elementary Home and School Association, spoke at today’s announcement and said the burden is too much for many parents.
“I’m hearing from parents that it’s getting harder and harder to afford school supplies for their kids,” said Orser. “This tax credit will help take some of the pressure off parents at back to school time.”
The NDP promised in the last election not to raise taxes, but quickly broke that promise and raised the HST to 15 per cent in 2010. This cost every Nova Scotian an extra $1,800. Liberal leader Stephen McNeil confirmed last week that he will not lower the HST.
“I’ve travelled all across Nova Scotia and parents are telling me that there is no money left on payday to put aside for their kids’ education,” said Baillie. “The NDP raised taxes, making it harder for families to get by and the Liberals will not commit to lowering them.”
Jamie Baillie and the PC Party will get our economy working again by lowering the HST, freezing power rates for five years and eliminating job-killing regulations like the NDP/Liberal supported First Contract Arbitration.
The tax credit is an investment of about $3.9 million each year.