Nova Scotia Finance Minister Diana Whalen at the Rodd Grand Hotel, where she addressed the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce Monday.
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The need to help create an economic climate that will encourage more people -- particularly young people -- to stay in Nova Scotia was among the key messages delivered by Nova Scotia Finance Minister Diana Whalen during a noon-hour address Monday to the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce.
The minister also talked about the importance of small business and entrepreneurship.
She cited the province's tax and red tape review as an example of how the government wants to try to help the small business sector.
"As a government, we understand that we don't create jobs," she said. "We need to work with business and so we need to be partners. At the end of the day so much of the economic growth depends on the private sector, so we want to be partners. We want to work with them."
The minister said the government is committed to restoration of ferry service in Yarmouth, saying getting another vessel is a signal of things turning around for the Yarmourth area.
Among other things, the minister also talked the importance of immigration.
The minister is getting ready to table her first budget, but she said she couldn't give a precise date when it would be presented.