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Jul 30 2014

CB infrastructure crumbles while Liberals take summer vacation

NORTH SYDNEY, NS – Northside-Westmount PC MLA, Eddie Orrell, says the Liberal government’s incompetent decision-making is standing in the way of improving Cape Breton’s infrastructure and economy.

Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) wants to effectively use the federal government’s New Building Canada...

Jul 30 2014

Liberals take ownership of unfinished, over budget vessel

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative Tourism critic Karla MacFarlane is shocked by the Liberal government’s decision to take possession of the Bluenose II without telling Nova Scotians how much it cost.

According to media reports, the province took ownership of the vessel on the weekend.

“This is a slap in the face to taxpayers,” says MacFarlane. “We want to get the Bluenose II...

Jul 30 2014

Liberals snub tobacco laws
Eliminate tobacco control unit

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative Health critic Chris d’Entremont is calling on Premier Stephen McNeil and Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine to come clean on reports that they’re gutting the province’s successful tobacco control unit.

Under Nova Scotia’s first comprehensive tobacco control strategy launched by former Premier John Hamm in 2001, several...

Jul 29 2014

Another rural business closes doors on McNeil’s watch

SYDNEY RIVER, NS – Progressive Conservative Natural Resources Critic, Alfie MacLeod, says the Liberal government’s failure to develop a long-term fibre strategy has cost rural Nova Scotia 18 more jobs.

Finewood Flooring Limited in Middle River, Nova Scotia has been forced to shut down production after being denied consistent access to essential lumber.  The 32 year old company’s 18 employees are...

Jul 28 2014

KENTVILLE, NS –  A report released by the Environment Department is calling for a tax on off-the-road tires, including ATVs, mining equipment and farm tractors. Progressive Conservative Agriculture critic, John Lohr, says the industry can’t afford it.

“Farmers are already having a rough go of it in this economy,” said Lohr. “Imposing new taxes on the farming and...

Jul 28 2014

No new lobster tax: Lohr

KENTVILLE, NS –  Progressive Conservative Fisheries critic, John Lohr, says the Liberal Fisheries Minister should do his job and consult industry on the Maritime Lobster Panel recommendations, instead of imposing a new three cent lobster tax on fishermen.

Today, the Minister is trying to backtrack by saying his five cent levy would only be a pilot project...

Jul 28 2014

INVERNESS, NS- Progressive Conservative MLA for Inverness Allan MacMaster offers his congratulations for the planned startup of LNG Terminal at Strait.

“The jobs that will come with the startup of the Bear Head LNG terminal will be a real help for our local economy,” says MacMaster.

An Australia based company announced an agreement to acquire Bear Head LNG Corporation from Anadarko Petroleum.  The new owners have already developed a gas supply and...

Jul 25 2014

Farmers missing opportunities to succeed

KENTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative Agriculture critic John Lohr is calling on Minister Keith Colwell to explain to farmers the delay his department had in handing out approvals for the Homegrown Success program.

Homegrown Success is government’s 10-year plan for agriculture. Their mandate is to grow the rural economy...

Jul 25 2014

Fishermen shocked by announcement of 5 cent levy

KENTVILLE, NS –  Progressive Conservative Fisheries and Aquaculture critic John Lohr is asking Minister Colwell to explain the government’s research behind their decision to introduce a five cent per pound levy for the lobster industry.

Yesterday, Lohr asked the Minister to reveal the government’s plan for adopting the...

Jul 24 2014

Deadlines are passing and still no action

KENTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative Fisheries and Aquaculture critic John Lohr is calling on Minister Colwell to reveal his government’s plan for adopting the recommendations put forward in the Report of the Maritime Lobster Panel.

A key component of the report focuses on instituting a one per cent per pound levy on catches. The levy would then be used towards a lobster marketing fund to promote the...