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Nova Scotia’s Liberal government promised fresh legislation to improve road safety for bicycles, drivers and pedestrians in the province as the fall session opened today.

The law was promised in the throne speech read by Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc after the legislature went through the full pomp and ceremony of a new session opening.

LeBlanc’s speech offered sparse details on other plans, but did say the province intends to bring in a new Traffic Safety Act to replace the Motor Vehicle Act.

Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government also says it plans to bring in measures that it says will reduce the barriers for new entrepreneurs who want to start a business.

The speech says the government will “reduce inter-provincial trade barriers” in an effort to increase the sale of Nova Scotia’s products to customers in other provinces.

Otherwise, the government says it realizes there is a continuing shortage of doctors in the health care system.

However, there was not a specific new measure announced in the speech to address the issue.

The throne speech also emphasized the province’s steps forward in growing its population through immigration, and it listed off a number of small technology firms as examples of the province’s economic progress.

McNeil has repeatedly said his government intends to continue with balanced budgets in 2019 and 2020, and he reminded Nova Scotians of tax cuts made as a result of higher basic personal exemptions.

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