Deficit grows while front line services continue to suffer: Compton

 

Belfast  –  Front line services for Islanders like health care and education will continue to suffer as the MacLauchlan government underfunds them in pursuit of its growing deficit, says Belfast-Murray River MLA and Opposition Finance Critic Darlene Compton.

“Again and again we see corners being cut in programs and services that make a real difference in the lives of Islanders like our schools and health care while the deficit keeps growing. That’s why we see short-sighted ideas like school closures being pushed to try and cut costs that will end up costing us all more in the long run,” says Compton.

According to the province’s 3rd Quarter Fiscal Update released today the deficit for the current fiscal year nearly doubled to almost $18.million. Compton noted that the deficit would have been even higher without a one time surplus of $10.3 million in 3rd Quarter earnings from Island Investment Development Inc. (IIDI)

“Seniors housing, long-term care, mental health and addictions and education are all areas where we keep seeing the consequences of this tired government’s cuts and underfunding as the Auditor General keeps pointing out as recently as today. Meanwhile, this government’s goal of a balanced budget keeps drifting further away,” says Compton.

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