25 Jun 2014

Public Supports Recent Essential Services Legislation

HALIFAX:  The majority of Nova Scotia residents support the provincial government’s essential services legislation that recently directed striking nurses back to work, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.  The Essential Health and Community Services Act, also known as Bill 37, requires unionized workers and employers in the health care sector to sign off on an essential services plan. Until a plan is in place, no labour disruptions can occur. Two-thirds (66%) of Nova Scotia residents offer their support, while three in ten (30%) oppose. Meanwhile, five percent do not know or do not offer an opinion on the matter.

“The level of public support for Bill 37 likely helps explain the continuing high satisfaction with the performance of the McNeil government as it approaches its first year anniversary,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates.

Support for the essential services legislation is consistent across the province and across the population.

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 400 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from May 8 to May 27, 2014 with overall results accurate to within ± 4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact:
Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838
Margaret Brigley, President and COO at (902) 493-3830

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