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Jan 20 2014

WINDSOR, NS – Progressive Conservative Health critic Chuck Porter says Liberal inaction on healthcare reform is leading to more expensive hospital visits for patients and their families.

On Monday, Annapolis Valley Health announced it would be raising parking fees at all locations from $2 to $3 per visit. The 50 per cent increase is an attempt to raise much needed funds in an effort to combat rising health care costs.  South Shore Health has also announced a parking fee...

Jan 20 2014

BARRINGTON, NS – Progressive Conservative Energy critic Chris d’Entremont says the Liberals must act to close a loophole that allowed Efficiency Nova Scotia to spend taxpayer dollars on lobbyists.

In 2011, all three parties voted in favour of the former NDP government’s Pubic Sector Lobbyist Act to ensure public sector organizations, like Efficiency Nova Scotia, cannot use their funds to pay external lobbyists.

“The law forbids tax dollars from being...

Jan 16 2014

TUSKET, NS – The McNeil Liberals friends payback scheme continues, as a local lobbying firm closely connected to the Premier is hired to lobby on behalf of Efficiency Nova Scotia.

According to the Nova Scotia Lobbyist Registry, Efficiency Nova Scotia hired lobbyist Jamie MacNeil of Cape Consulting Group on November 21, 2013 to lobby on proposed changes to the Efficiency Nova Scotia Act.

Jamie MacNeil is the former Director of Media Relations for the Liberal Caucus Office...

Jan 15 2014

Baillie calls on Liberal government to get finances in order

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the Liberals must take action now because Nova Scotia needs real change. 
 
“The Liberals are at the 100-day mark. No one expects complete change overnight but Nova Scotia needed 100-days of action,” Baillie told the audience at The Thought Leaders’ Luncheon today. “The cost of doing nothing is too...

Jan 10 2014

SYDNEY, NS – This year is going to be an expensive year for Nova Scotia families, Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie told an audience at the Sydney Chamber of Commerce luncheon today.

“Families are facing even higher bills this winter. It’s unsustainable,” said Baillie. “This province needs real change.”

Baillie pointed to power rates increasing three per cent on January 1st and the Liberal government cancelling the HST cut as...

Jan 10 2014

3,300 jobs lost in the last year, unemployment over nine per cent

PICTOU, NS –  Progressive Conservative Economic and Rural Development and Tourism critic Karla MacFarlane says numbers released by Statistics Canada today show Nova Scotians can’t wait any longer for a plan to create jobs.

In the last year, Nova Scotia lost 3,300 jobs and unemployment rose to 9.2 per cent. MacFarlane says the situation is bleak for families trying to make a decent living...

Jan 09 2014

HALIFAX, NS – Pictou East Progressive Conservative MLA Tim Houston says the Liberals are making a mockery out of the independent tendering process.

The Liberal government announced today that the independent review of the entire provincial economic development assistance system will be conducted by a handpicked recipient.  Just last week, the Liberals cancelled the independent tender process.

“This is not the trustworthy, transparent approach the Liberals...

Dec 24 2013

INVERNESS, NS – Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster and Margaree-St. Joseph’s Councillor Gloria LeBlanc were pleased to hear the Crowdis Bridge will be replaced in the New Year. 

The announcement was made as part of the government’s 2014/15 Capital Plan released today.

“This was something very important to the community and something we have been working to secure,” said MacMaster. “This is another win for Inverness County.”

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Dec 23 2013

SPRINGHILL, NS –Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie says families in River Hebert have a lot to be proud of today with news renovations to River Hebert District School are proceeding.

The government released its Capital Plan for 2014/15 today. The River Hebert District School is scheduled to get the renovations and repairs it needs, which is another important step to getting the new school done. 

“Students, parents and teachers in the River Hebert area have been...

Dec 20 2013

Porter proposes plan to keep NS drivers safe

WINDSOR, NS – Hants West Progressive Conservative MLA, Chuck Porter is asking the Liberal government to install jersey barriers on a dangerous section of Highway 101 near Falmouth.

“This stretch of highway is extremely dangerous,” said Porter.  “It has been the site of numerous car accidents and a fatal crash yesterday. Unfortunately, we can’t reverse this recent tragedy, but we can take...