POLITICS

Nova Scotians being asked for ideas on provincial economic strategy

10/11/2013 01:43 EDT | Updated 12/11/2013 05:12 EST
HALIFAX - Nova Scotians are being asked for their input on the early findings of a commission set up to explore economic opportunities in the province.

The commission was created by the NDP government last November on a budget of $800,000 and is being led by Acadia University president Ray Ivany.

Ivany has said the five-member commission is seeking suggestions from the public on how best to spread the benefits of projects such as the federal shipbuilding contract.

The commission will hold 16 community sessions across the province starting Tuesday in Amherst and ending Nov. 4 in Wolfville, where it will discuss the findings of an interim report released in May.

A province-wide virtual town hall is also planned for Nov. 12.

The commission's interim report did not make any recommendations, but it said Nova Scotia needs to create more entrepreneurs and increase its population.

The commission expects to release its final report early next year that recommends an economic strategy.