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Sep 18 2014

Onshore ban affects offshore employers too

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative Energy critic, Chris d’Entremont, is concerned about the potential impact of the McNeil Liberals’ irresponsible ban on hydraulic fracturing will have on Nova Scotia's offshore energy industry.

In 2012, Shell Canada and BP Exploration collectively bid nearly $2 billion for the rights to explore offshore Nova Scotia for oil and gas. The ...

Sep 16 2014

Public deserves accountability for Ivany goals

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition leader and oneNS Coalition co-vice chair, Jamie Baillie, is calling on Liberal leader Stephen McNeil to make meetings of the oneNS Coalition public, starting today.

There is growing public concern with the lack of progress, by the government, in dealing with the Ivany Report recommendations. It has been 216 days since the Ivany Commission released its report, "Now or Never: An urgent call to...

Sep 15 2014

Houston: “We have a problem”

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative Finance critic Tim Houston says the McNeil Liberals’ incompetence is getting in the way of job creation and balancing the budget.

Today, at the budget update, Liberal Finance Minister Diana Whalen confirmed the deficit is on track to be $274.5 million.

“The Liberals are spending way beyond their means. This deficit is huge problem. It’s a job killer,” said...

Sep 12 2014

Community group wants more advanced CT Scanner at best price

September 12, 2014
For immediate release

INVERNESS, NS – The Liberal government has refused to provide the true cost and contract details for the CT scanner they say was purchased last month for the Inverness Hospital.

Liddy LeFort, of Engage Inverness, says the government is not being upfront with the cost of the CT machine. At a public meeting last week, Jim Merkley, Vice President Corporate...

Sep 11 2014

NS missing another opportunity to create jobs, cut red tape

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition leader Jamie Baillie says the McNeil Liberals must answer why they are not joining the national Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System.

As of July 9, four provinces, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario, had signed on to the federal plan to create a national securities regulator. On September 8, the participating provincial governments and the federal...

Sep 10 2014

PC MLA wants to see McNeil Liberals’ plan

SYDNEY, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Northside-Westmount Eddie Orrell is calling on the McNeil Liberals to reveal their plan for jobs in Cape Breton.

According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, a struggling hiring pace is predicted for Cape Breton employers this year.

With seasonal variations removed from the data, Cape Breton’s fourth quarter net employment is expected to drop 31...

Sep 09 2014

Provide help to struggling apple farmers

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY, NS – John Lohr, Progressive Conservative MLA for Kings North and Agriculture critic, is calling on Minister Keith Colwell to clarify his statements regarding the recent fire blight epidemic.

On September 4, Minister Colwell indicated that farmers who suffered losses from fire blight would not be able to tap into the Orchard Renewal Program the Liberals announced in May of this year.

Minister Colwell told...

Sep 09 2014

d’Entremont files letter with UARB

HALIFAX, NS – Today, Progressive Conservative Energy Critic, Chris d’Entremont submitted a letter to the Chair of the Utility and Review Board (UARB) about Nova Scotia Power’s (NSPI) service standard and communication failures in the wake of post-tropical storm Arthur.

On July 10, after six days of inaction from the Liberal government, the Progressive Conservative Caucus lodged a...

Sep 09 2014

PCs want ankle bracelet for man charged with breach of conditions

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative MLA Eddie Orrell says the Liberals have failed to protect the community from a man charged with various child pornography offences.

Last February, Robert William Harris was arrested at his Halifax home for possessing, accessing, and making available...

Sep 05 2014

Urge Liberals to help parents in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Kings North, John Lohr, says families need a break from the steep cost of sending their children back to school.

Today, the PC Caucus is reiterating its call for a school supplies tax credit. 

“Families are feeling the pinch, as they try to fill backpacks with the required school supplies,” says Lohr. “We are committed to putting money back in parents...