The question Nova Scotians must ask as the finance minister tables the next budget is: who really benefits from competitive taxation?

Child welfare is on the brink, as are several other public services including health care, education and long-term care. Yet on Feb. 6, Premier Stephen McNeil once again addressed the state of the province in front of a group of wealthy business owners and bankers at a ticketed event that cost $85-$115 a plate. The event promised attendees an opportunity to hear from the premier on topics such as “balanced” budgets and “competitive” personal and corporate taxation.