May 08 2014

Students first
Education Minister must cancel substandard online video courses for teachers

The following is an op-ed piece from Progressive Conservative Education Critic, Pat Dunn.

As a former teacher and principal, and as a taxpayer, I  was disappointed to see the province’s Education Minister preapproving substandard online video courses for teachers.

Millions of your hard earned tax dollars are being wasted based on...

May 07 2014

Houston calls on Minister of Finance to release recommendations

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative Finance critic Tim Houston says the McNeil Liberals’ do-nothing approach could slap Nova Scotia with another massive financial expense.

At standing committee on Public Accounts today, it was revealed that the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Pension Plan is currently underfunded by $1.5 billion. The government has been continuously notified that the fund will not...

May 07 2014

Empty Halifax office building costs taxpayers $47,000

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative finance critic Tim Houston questions how long it will take the McNeil Liberals to make a decision about the empty Dennis building. He says a decision should be made by the end of the month. Houston doesn’t want to see taxpayers are on the hook for another $47,000 winter.

In yesterday, it was reported that the office building has been empty for a year after...

May 07 2014

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative finance critic Tim Houston says public sector pensions could pose a significant risk to the province’s finances for future generations if the Liberal government mismanages them.

Today in Public Accounts Committee, Houston will be questioning the Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Finance and Treasury Board about the long term sustainability of Nova Scotia’s Superannuation Plan.

May 06 2014

HALIFAX, NS – “Where is the relief for power ratepayers as promised by the Liberal government?” asks Opposition leader Jamie Baillie.

Today, Emera announced a 65 per cent increase in operating revenue - $1.05 billion up from $638.1 million. Nova Scotia Power’s net income increased by six per cent from this time last year.

“Nova Scotians are struggling to make ends meet. They want answers from the Liberal government,” says Baillie. “The...

May 06 2014

ER closures continue under McNeil Liberals, but federal healthcare dollars at highest level ever

NORTH SYDNEY, NS – The McNeil Liberals have no plan for preventing emergency room closures says Northside-Westmount MLA Eddie Orrell.

According to the Chronicle Herald, already this year, there have been 84 temporary closures at the Cape Breton District Health Authority’s emergency departments, eight more than this time last year.

Meanwhile, federal health...

May 06 2014

Lohr’s request gets approval from Minister of Transportation

CANNING, NS – Kings North MLA John Lohr is pleased Nova Scotia truck drivers will now receive a per-axle weight print-out at all Provincial Compliance Stations (PCS).

“This new policy will make it much easier for truckers to comply with weight restriction laws in both Canada and the US,” says Lohr. “Print-outs will help hardworking drivers perform their duties, prevent costly fines for...

May 05 2014

Inferior Drake video courses costing taxpayers millions
HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative Education critic Pat Dunn says Liberal Education Minister Karen Casey must scrap pre-approval for substandard online video courses for teachers.
Recently, Casey gave almost 500 teachers approval for the inferior Drake video courses to help obtain salary bumps. The move could ultimately cost taxpayers as much as $50 million.

May 01 2014

Liberals leave Province House without addressing hardships facing Nova Scotians

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition leader Jamie Baillie says he’s disappointed the McNeil Liberals have decided to give up on rebuilding our province’s broken economy.

“The Liberals’ decision to do nothing is a sign of incompetence. Nova Scotians are in a worse position now than before the election,” says Baillie. “Nova Scotia already had record high NDP debt and...

May 01 2014

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLAs and St. Francis Xavier University alumni, Allan MacMaster and Pat Dunn, say the Liberals’ decision to remove the Bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish as the school’s Chancellor was done without broad consultation.

“I can’t imagine why the Liberal government would want to take responsibility for dumping the Bishop,” said MacMaster. “Very few members of the St. FX family are even aware of this...