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  Premier John Savage says his biggest hope for 1996 is that
  it will be a year in which Nova Scotians build on the
  positive developments that have occurred in the past 12
  "Nova Scotians have worked very hard all year to pull out of
  the recession and build a pattern of recovery and new
  growth, and their efforts are paying off," the premier said.
  "I hope we can allow ourselves to be encouraged by our
  successes during 1995, so that we can rise above our
  difficulties and come out with an even stronger year of
  recovery in 1996."
  The premier pointed to some of the economic milestones which
  he plans to target and expand upon during the coming year.
  "In the past twelve months, Nova Scotia has shown the second
  highest job growth in Canada - second only to British
  Columbia," the premier said. "Our economy produced nine
  thousand new jobs between November 1994 and November 1995,
  and two thirds of these jobs were full-time."
  If the pattern holds to the end of the year, it will be the
  second year in a row for Nova Scotia. The province had the
  second highest job growth in Canada during 1994 as well.
  "We have a lot of work ahead of us because Nova Scotians in
  large numbers remain unemployed, and families are in stress.
  But I feel encouraged that there are 18,000 more Nova
  Scotians employed today than there were when this government
  took office," said Premier Savage. "We are moving in the
  right direction. My job is to do everything possible to
  ensure that we continue that trend."
  The premier acknowledged that looming cuts in federal
  transfer payments and subsidies will create significant
  challenges for the government in the months ahead, but he
  says the difficulties will not be insurmountable. "The fact
  that we have succeeded in bringing costs under control and
  balancing the budget places us in a position of strength we
  did not have claim to a couple of years ago," said the
  premier. "I am determined that not only will we succeed in
  absorbing the reductions, we will do so in a way that
  preserves the compassionate quality life that is such an
  important aspect of life in Nova Scotia."
  "I feel confident that we can do this because we have done
  it before. While other Canadian provinces have met their
  bottom line with slashing and across the board cuts that
  impact on the poor, Nova Scotia has been careful to temper
  its cost control measures and balance them with initiatives
  such as a 2 per cent increase in family benefits, tax cuts
  that have provided relief for 155,000 low income Nova
  Scotians, and increases in the number of subsidized day-care
  The premier highlighted developments during 1995 which will
  lead to significant added employment across the province in
  1996. "Thanks to the confidence in the economy demonstrated
  recently by Stora Forest Industries, there will be 400 new
  jobs in the Strait Area in the coming year. We also
  anticipate 700 jobs to result directly from the Highway 104
  construction project, in addition to 1,500 spin off jobs.
  And we expect continued new employment opportunities in Nova
  Scotia's pharmaceutical and information sectors - two
  sectors which have shown outstanding success in recent
  "Nova Scotia is one of the finest places in Canada - and
  indeed in the world - in which to live and work," said
  Premier Savage. "I intend that a year from now, it will
  still be a province that offers a very special lifestyle and
  many advantages - but even more so, as our opportunities and
  our prosperity grow, and hope replaces the malaise that has
  become so prevalent during the difficult recession years."
  Contact: Ann Graham Walker 902-424-2590
  trp                      Dec. 29, 1995