Jul 21 2014

MacFarlane to Liberals: Don’t raise bottle tax

HALIFAX, NS –  A report released by the Environment Department calls for higher taxes on beverage bottles, but Progressive Conservative Economic Development and Environment critic Karla MacFarlane says Nova Scotians can’t afford it. 

“Nova Scotia families can’t afford to...

Jul 17 2014

Does little to address economic burden

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Caucus Chair Pat Dunn said it’s time for the McNeil Liberals to get serious about fixing Nova Scotia’s sick economy.

Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, announced changes today to specifically outline the roles of NSBI, Innovacorp, and his department, in terms of economic development.

“Rearranging the roles and responsibilities of government...

Jul 16 2014

“Closed indefinitely” is not acceptable  

KENTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Kings North John Lohr is calling on the Liberal government to release its plan for dealing with the clean-up at Cape Split.

On July 5, Nova Scotia was hard hit by post-tropical storm Arthur, with much of the devastation occurring in the Fundy area. At the time, most of the provincial parks were closed. All have re-opened, with the exception of Cape Split. The...

Jul 15 2014

Liberals continue to dodge the truth about Riverview

WESTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is calling on the Department of Community Services to release the final costs incurred after cancelling scheduled renovations to Riverview Adult Residential Centre. 

On Friday, June 11, Joanne Bernard, Minister for Community Services was asked to detail future plans for Riverview. The Minister explained that there will be no...

Jul 11 2014

NS government chooses to opt out of the National Securities Regulator

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive conservative Finance critic, Tim Houston, says it is irresponsible of the Liberal government not to join the national securities regulator. 

As of July 9, four provinces including New Brunswick have signed on to the federal plan to create a national securities regulator. Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has chosen to remain outside the process.


Jul 11 2014

Will investigate NSPI’s response to recent storm

HALIFAX, NS – Yesterday, the Progressive Conservative Caucus lodged a formal complaint with UARB regarding Nova Scotia Power’s delayed response and communications failure in the wake of post-tropical storm Arthur.

Today, it was announced the UARB will formally examine NSPI’s response.

PC Energy critic Chris d...

Jul 11 2014

MacFarlane asks when they will take action

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition Economic Development critic Karla MacFarlane is concerned about the continued increase in job losses throughout Nova Scotia.

Statistics Canada data released today shows that in the last year 12,600 full-time jobs were lost across Nova Scotia.

“My concern is that the Liberals just do not understand the magnitude of this continuing issue,” said MacFarlane. “We have thousands of...

Jul 10 2014

WESTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is calling on the Liberal government to release its plans for the Riverview Adult Residential Centre renovation project.  Staff was recently informed that the final phase of the project will not proceed. 

Renovations were set to be done in three phases. The first two phases are nearing completion. The final phase, which consists of implementing 34 beds, has been cancelled by the Department of...

Jul 10 2014

Taxpayers wait an extra year for the facts

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition leader Jamie Baillie wants to know why the Liberals gave CREDA’s legal counsel preferential treatment as a creditor of Cumberland Regional Economic Development Authority (CREDA).

In addition to highlighting almost $800,000 in false claims and questionable invoices, the CREDA audit, released this morning, reveals that the Liberals paid CREDA’s legal counsel an undisclosed amount of money to...

Jul 10 2014

Liberals continue to finger-wag

HALIFAX, NS -  After six days of continued inaction from the Liberal government towards Nova Scotia Power, the Progressive Conservative Caucus lodged a formal complaint with the UARB on behalf of the thousands of frustrated customers still without power.

Chris d’Entremont, PC Energy critic said it was time for someone to take action and hold the utility accountable for this latest service failure.

“The Liberals may be...