Aug 25 2015

RIVER JOHN, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane, is calling on the Liberal Minister of Education to halt the process to close River John School until her review is complete and the results are made public.

Yesterday, Minister Karen Casey committed to review the entire process that led to the June closure of River John Consolidated School.

“The Minister had all summer to review this flawed process and now we are down to the wire. She...

Aug 25 2015

Houston calls for performance-based standards to improve service for Nova Scotians

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power’s website failed to provide key information about power outages this past weekend in Halifax, despite a commitment from the utility to do better. Today, in a letter to Nova Scotia Power, the Utility and Review Board asked them to explain what happened during the weekend weather event.

“When the power goes out, Nova Scotians need to know when they...

Aug 25 2015

Cumberland not represented on provincial health board

SPRINGHILL, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Cumberland South, Jamie Baillie, is calling on Liberal Health Minister Leo Glavine to reveal the plan for the ER at All Saints Hospital in Springhill.

Senior health officials from the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax recently visited the hospital asking about the Emergency Room. Baillie says issues with Nova Scotian ERs have caused patients and staff at All...

Aug 21 2015

Liberals’ incompetence putting families at risk

SYDNEY RIVER, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg, Alfie MacLeod, is calling on the Liberal government to take steps to relieve the acute doctors shortage in Cape Breton.

He says utilizing more nurse practitioners could be a way to help alleviate some of the stress on the system and help people get treatment they need.

“The Liberals are distracted by the mess they made out of...

Aug 21 2015

Houston wants solution for people like Chelsea Pettipas

WESTVILLE, NS - Progressive Conservative MLA Tim Houston says the McNeil Liberals are failing mental health patients in Pictou County.

Chelsea Pettipas, 21, from Linacy, Pictou County suffers from anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Pettipas says she is extremely frightened and frustrated.

“I just want to be heard.  I want someone there for me for support, to help me get through...

Aug 20 2015

ARGYLE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Argyle-Barrington, Chris d’Entremont, says the McNeil Liberals’ excuses for month-by-month planning for Yarmouth ferry are completely unacceptable.

The longer the Liberals put this off, the less likely a potential new operator can begin marketing and booking for the next sailing season. For Nova Star, that delay costs Nova Scotians millions.

“Time is ticking. People of Southwest Nova Scotia want to know...

Aug 19 2015

People being impacted by the closure of Aberdeen Mental Health unit


PICTOU, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane is overwhelmed by the recent stories she is hearing from constituents who have been impacted by the closure of the Mental Health unit at the Aberdeen Hospital.

Sixteen days ago, the Aberdeen Hospital Mental Health Unit closed its doors, forcing patients to travel to other hospitals for their mental health needs....

Aug 19 2015

McNeil Liberals break another election promise of openness and transparency

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA Tim Houston is calling on Premier McNeil to explain why his government has not hired a provincial Ombudsman.

Former Ombudsman Dwight Bishop announced his retirement in December 2013.  At that time, a news release from Premier McNeil said the “recruitment process for a new Ombudsman...

Aug 18 2015

Time for Minister Churchill to resolve fire service dispute

WINDSOR, NS – Progressive Conservative Emergency Management Office (EMO) critic, Chris d’Entremont, says West Hants properties and lives could be at risk if the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and EMO, Zach Churchill, fails to act on the fire services dispute between Windsor and West Hants.

The dispute, which has been ongoing for months, will leave the West Hants municipality without fire services, as...

Aug 14 2015

Throw system already in crisis into more of a downward spiral

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative Health critic, Chris d’Entremont, says the McNeil Liberals are making incompetent and reckless decisions about mental health that will plunge the system into a deeper crisis.

On Friday morning, it was confirmed by the Department of Health that funding for psychology internships would be cut. The cut means that six internship positions, at a cost of $165,000, will no...