Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston has given his three new MLA’s critic assignments.
Brian Comer, Murray Ryan and Colton Leblanc were all elected in the September 3rd by-election.
Ryan is the new MLA for Northside-Westmount and will serve as the P-C Finance critic and Military Relations critic.
Comer won the by-election in Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg.
He’ll serve as the Tory critic for Labour and Advanced Education and Youth.
And new Argyle-Barrington MLA Leblanc is the P-C critic for Acadian Affairs and Pre-Hospital and Preventative Care.
As predicted, the price of gas went up, overnight.
Gas jumped by 2.5 cents a litre and now goes for a minimum of $1.16.4 in Cape Breton.
Diesel went up by 3.2 cents and now costs a minimum of $1.20.3 cents a litre on the Island.
The projected small surplus for the 2019-20 provincial budget has grown smaller.
Provincial Finance Minister Karen Casey says the surplus is now expected to be 30.8 million dollars in an update provided this morning.
That’s down 2.8 million from budget day in April.
However, Casey says the budget is still on track to be balanced.
Total revenue is projected to be up 119.8 million.
However, overall expenses are expected to go up by 129.7 million.
Provincial Finance Minister Karen Casey will present the first update on the 2019-20 budget, this morning.
Casey delivered a budget in April projecting a small surplus of 33.6 million dollars.
The 11 billion-dollar fiscal blueprint contains a 200 million-dollar increase in health spending and 691 million for capital projects including schools, roads and highways.
Casey is due to begin speaking to reporters at around 10:00.
Regional Police have identified the man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a home in Glace Bay over the weekend.
50 year-old Robert Glen White is facing charges of Sexual Assault with a Weapon, Assault with a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and breaching court orders.
Police say they were called to a home on Lower MacLean Street at about 11 o’clock on Sunday night, when they got a report of a man threatening a woman with a knife.
They say a 22 year-old Sydney woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and it was later learned she’d been sexually assaulted.
Police say the woman and White know each other.