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  • Very interesting....................
    March 06, 2013 - 22:02

    NOVA SCOTIA WILL BALANCE BOOKS: Dexter Provided by The Canadian Press By Canadian Press | Mar 6, 2013 8:03 am HALIFAX – Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says his government will balance its books when it tables the budget next month. Dexter made the commitment in a speech today before the Nova Scotia Chambers of Commerce in Halifax. The government had hinted in recent months that it might have trouble balancing the $277-million deficit as promised in 2013-14 because of reduced revenue from Ottawa and the offshore. However, Dexter now says the budget will be balanced. He also told the audience that his government will live within its means and balance the budget in subsequent years. FINANCE MINISTER (at the time) TOM MARSHALL: Newfoundland and Labrador The forecast in the April 24 budget was estimated around $258 million. There is a lower demand for commodities in the world market — that includes the price of oil and that includes minerals," Marshall said. Marshall is now estimating a deficit of approximately $726 million for the current fiscal year. Marshall went on to defend the Muskrat Falls project, calling it a self-financing project that will not add to the debt. However, the provincial government will borrow to pay for at least part of the Muskrat Falls equity investment. Marshall said dividends will cover this.

  • Dougie
    March 06, 2013 - 19:15

    I too would like to know the answers to these questions regarding exempts.

  • Tax Payer Requesting Information
    March 06, 2013 - 13:18

    What provincial government offices have been offered this retirement incentive? What provincial government offices are exempt? If exempt...what are these offices exempt from: hiring freezes, job-cuts, etc. and why are they exempt? We, the tax payers have a right to know

  • retirement
    March 06, 2013 - 10:07

    some senior employees would not retire even if it was handed on a silver platter to them. To selfish to let the junior person stay. Government departments have senior managers from the age 65-70 still working in management positions and holding down a large salary.... GREED is what it is called. MANDADTORY boot out when you reach 65 and but to be knocking of 70 and still within the public service sector is unreal .....

  • Retired health care worker
    March 06, 2013 - 09:11

    I had retired a few years ago from the Health Care with a pension,I always said the same thing if an employee can retired with a pension they should take advantage,move out and let the younger ones move in and let them work on building their pensionable years up.A lot of people say they can,t afford it,I don,t know why you no longer pay EI,Union Dues,or pension,so therefore you do have this lil extra money.There are no more lunches,you save a lil extra on gas.The only thing you miss is the overtime and the social life.It was a big step but I do better money wise and you do get used to it.But if employees do retire and they still lay off well people feel like they did it for nothing.

  • harry
    March 06, 2013 - 09:02

    i thought the retirement age was increased to 67 from 65 now its gone back to 50 n younger geezzz prosperity eh

    March 06, 2013 - 08:52

    Why is this package only offered to a select group of people? There are just as many health care workers,who are in this same position, would glady opt for this package.But no......it's only the "core" group of people who are given the opportunity to avail of this opportunity.Discriminatory at the very least.

  • Graham
    March 06, 2013 - 08:38

    Retire about a dozen MHA'S at the most we need 28-30. The salary and perks alone saved by doing that will be worth millions. Oh well its a nice dream but come 2015 we will get to retire this government if nothing else. It cant happen soon enopugh as far as I am concearned. BYE BYE.......... KATHY.............. BYE BYE

  • Can You Answer This
    March 06, 2013 - 08:27

    Clarify please. What government agencies are included and which are not. RNC is exempt. Is Nalcor exempt? Is NLC included or exempt? Give the tax payers a list of what provincial government offices are included and are not. RNC is exempt from retirement incentive - are they exempt from job freezes and job-cuts? Nalcor is exempt from job freeze and job-cuts. Are the also exempt from the retirement incentive. Etc., etc.

  • Jack
    March 06, 2013 - 06:56

    Too bad Jerome Kennedy is discriminating against RNC officers as they won't be entitled to a severance package but other government employees do. Jerome Kennedy, since Police Officers are considered government employees, if you offer severance to provincial government employees, you have to do the same for the RNC.

  • Cold Future
    March 06, 2013 - 06:51

    "The offer is also open to employees who meet those requirements as of March 31, 2014, and who also have paid leave, annual leave or overtime to bridge the one-year gap." Is that for real-employees who can have a year's leave on the books-no wonder we are going broke-Could a business be run like that?