May 28 2015

PCs question Liberals on 2016 power rates 

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Energy critic Tim Houston is calling on the Liberals to rule out a power increase for 2016.

In recent years, applications for rate changes have happened in May. Houston says families deserve to know what their energy costs will be next year.

"If a rate increase is on the horizon, Nova Scotians have a right to know," said Houston. "Many families are already strained...

May 28 2015

PICTOU, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane, says that in spite of challenges and adversity, River John is still maintaining its tremendous community spirit. Yesterday, River John was one of four communities in Nova Scotia to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award.

MacFarlane noted that in a year when River John faces the closure of their community school, she’s pleased to see the community’s resilience...

May 28 2015

INVERNESS, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Inverness, Allan MacMaster, congratulates the Mabou and District Community Development Association on being chosen to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. Mabou is one of four Nova Scotian communities to win the award.

“People in Mabou care about each other because they share so much of their lives together. At community events, you can hear the Gaelic language and traditional music made famous by...

May 26 2015

KENTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative Agriculture critic, John Lohr is pleased that the Pictou County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company and the Kings Mutual Insurance Company have agreed to amalgamate.
Yesterday, both companies, which provide home, farm and commercial insurance, announced their agreement to amalgamate their operations. 
“Both of these companies have a long history of quality service,” says Lohr. “I am...

May 26 2015

Residents being forced to pay $90 per person to transfer patient files

GREENFIELD, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Larry Harrison is looking for answers from the McNeil Liberals about access to health services, after two local doctors are reportedly retiring in the Truro area.

Nancy Samson from Greenfield, Colchester County learned last week that her local physician will be retiring. After receiving information about how to obtain a...

May 23 2015

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Business critic John Lohr says the news that Maine will not be providing a $5 million line of credit to help jump-start the Nova Star ferry means Nova Scotians are once again bearing the full burden.

‎For months, the Liberals have assured Nova Scotia taxpayers they would make sure the Government of Maine would come through on the deal.

"Stephen McNeil didn't come through and now taxpayers will be paying the price," said...

May 22 2015

Lohr thanks Mr. Sullivan for his service

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Economic and Rural Development critic John Lohr is calling on the McNeil Liberals to make sure there is a fair and transparent process to replace Nova Scotia Tourism Agency CEO, Patrick Sullivan.

“The McNeil Liberals have a history of patronage appointments. I want to make sure this position is filled by the best candidate possible, no matter their political affiliation,” said Lohr....

May 22 2015

NEW GLASGOW, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou Centre, Pat Dunn, wants answers from the McNeil Liberals on the decision to exclude Roots for Youth in Pictou County from Youth Outreach Program funding announced this week.

Yesterday, the Liberal Minister for Community Services, Joanne Bernard, announced funding for five Youth Outreach programs across the province.

“The Liberal government is picking winners and losers. It’s our most vulnerable youth...

May 05 2015

To the editor:

There is no doubt that Nova Scotia has to get its finances in order.

Nova Scotians understand that cuts are necessary but they expect their government to show leadership and make good cuts.

Unfortunately, in the last several weeks, we've seen a bill for $220,000 for courier services but funding to community groups dealing with mental health and addictions cut by 40 per cent.

We've seen $42,000 in renovations to the Premier's office but a...

May 15 2015

Helps offset Liberal cuts to rural infrastructure

INVERNESS, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Inverness, Allan MacMaster, says he’s pleased to see the federal government funding initiatives in small communities, something the McNeil government failed to do in its recent budget.

Today, while in Truro, the Prime Minister announced the new Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which will provide significant support for existing community and cultural...