UPDATED, now with even more rallies!!! I filed this story about a Wednesday rally at the Spring Garden Road Tim Hortons this Wednesday. Couple of hours later I received a news release issued by the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council.

Christine Saulnier, Nova Scotia Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, looks at the different ways politicians propose to address poverty in Nova Scotia during this election: wage increases, social programs, tax-based incentives, or a job.

The Liberal plan to cut taxes will not benefit the very poor, while the money could have been used to raise the income assistance rates or reduce the clawbacks, she writes, while simply saying that “the best social program is still a job” ignores the many people who simply are unable to work. Meanwhile, the NDP proposal to raise minimum wage to $15 definitely helps people who are struggling to make ends meet.

This documentary may be low on production values, but that doesn’t seem to matter. Meet five different people, all pretty young, all struggling to make ends meet. You get the sense these are friends and acquaintances of the director, who doesn’t judge and just lets the camera (or cell phone) run, just lets people tell their stories. The result is something definitely worth checking out.

In this guest post economists Mike Bradfield and James Sawler argue that a $15 minmum wage will have negligible inflationary effects. If Premier McNeil really wants a tax policy which directly assists low income Nova Scotians, he should make the provincial tax credits REFUNDABLE.