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Apr 27 2015

PCs introduce amendment to Boat Harbour Act calling for targets and timelines

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, today introduced an amendment (attached) to the Boat Harbour Act to strengthen the bill and ensure that there is a clear plan for the cleanup that protects community and the economy.

“This is too important to mess up,” said Houston. “The success of this cleanup depends heavily on a clear plan with defined...

Apr 23 2015

Urges government to preserve the culture

HALIFAX, NS – In the Legislature, Progressive Conservative MLA for Inverness Allan MacMaster spoke on behalf of Nova Scotians and the vital importance of Gaelic culture in Nova Scotians’ identity. People from the across the Province have reached out with their concerns about the recent cuts to Gaelic Affairs. As part of the Liberal budget, the McNeil government eliminated two of five positions in the Office of Gaelic Affairs.

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Apr 22 2015

Almost $70,000 on tax review

HALIFAX, NS – In the eight months leading up to the 2015 budget, the McNeil liberals spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on taxpayer-funded market research through Communications Nova Scotia (CNS). Progressive Conservative Finance critic and MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston is questioning the cost and the value for taxpayers’ dollars.

According to a Freedom of Information Request obtained by the PC Caucus, the Liberal government spent...

Apr 21 2015

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Argyle Barrington and Fisheries critic Chris d’Entremont says every time Liberal Minister Keith Colwell tries to provide clarity on the lobster levy, he ends up creating more chaos and confusion. There is also concern that the Minister will try to impose contributions by industry and enforce it, something he could not find consensus for.

Among specific concerns in the legislation is how the Minister intends to define what...

Apr 21 2015

Houston to introduce Bill in the legislature

April 21, 2015
For immediate release

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is calling for the McNeil Liberals to be more accountable when they spend taxpayers’ money.

Today in the Legislature, Houston will introduce the Transperency in Ministers' Expenses Act, which requires a copy of the previous month’s expenses for ministers and their executive assistants to be...

Apr 21 2015

Liberal decision short-sighted

HALIFAX, NS – Last week in the Legislature, MLA for Pictou Centre Pat Dunn asked the Liberal Minister responsible for Gaelic Affairs, Randy Delorey, about lack of consultation with Gaelic community about new changes imposed.

The Liberal government made cuts to the Department of Gaelic Affairs without explanation or talking with the community about the impacts.

"Nova Scotia has been home to many Gaelic descendants,...

Apr 21 2015

PCs want answers

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Finance critic and Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is questioning Premier McNeil’s decision to spend $42,000 on his own office’s renovations.

The new information was obtained by the PC MLAs through a Freedom of Information request (attached).

“This Premier’s motto should be, ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’” said Houston. “Premier McNeil is telling everyone else they will have...

Apr 17 2015

Baillie tables petition with 4,592 signatures

HALIFAX, NS – Today in the Legislature, Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie tabled a petition with 4,592 signatures calling on the McNeil Liberals to fix the film tax credit today.

The petition calls on the Premier and the Minister of Finance to establish, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Film Industry, a workable Film Industry Tax credit that will stabilize and preserve the industry while ensuring a fair cost...

Apr 16 2015

NSLC planning to repeat $141,000 management conference in 2015, in spite of Premier’s tough talk

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is demanding action from Liberal Minister Diana Whalen on unjustifiable spending of $141,000 of taxpayers’ money for a NSLC Management Training Conference.

According to documents obtained by the Progressive Conservatives, a 2013 “training session” held at Digby Pines Resort,...

Apr 16 2015

Broken promises damaging to our economy

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Natural Resources critic and MLA for Pictou West, Pat Dunn, is concerned the McNeil Liberals’ broken fuel-tax rebate promise will put more rural jobs in the mining industry at risk.

Last May, Finance Minister Diana Whalen wrote to the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) informing them that they would see the...