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...

May 15 2015

Not enough help for rural communities

KENTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Kings North, John Lohr, says he voted against the Liberal budget earlier this week because it makes life harder for people in rural communities.

The legislative session ended on Monday. Lohr says he wanted to see a plan for rebuilding Nova Scotia’s economy and resource-based industries like agriculture.

“Agricultural producers are at the heart of many of our rural...

May 15 2015

STEWIACKE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Colchester – Musquodoboit Valley, Larry Harrison, says he is concerned about local communities across the province after the spring Legislature Session.

The session came to an end earlier this week with little to no planning for the future of Nova Scotia’s economy.

“Our local communities are the heart of Nova Scotia. There should be a plan in place to help families live and work here,” says Harrison...

May 15 2015

Dunn disappointed with Liberal government’s leadership

NEW GLASGOW, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou Centre, Pat Dunn, says the Legislature adjourned with too many issues still ongoing and no plan to deal with them.

Monday, the Spring Session of the Legislature adjourned with the Liberal budget at the forefront of unresolved issues.

“This province needed a budget focusing on job creation and rebuilding our economy,” says Dunn. “...

May 14 2015

PICTOU, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane, says the McNeil Liberals left too many issues unresolved when the Legislative session ended earlier this week.

She says the budget should have focused on a plan to create jobs and rebuild the economy, especially in rural communities. The Liberal budget was pushed through by using their majority, leaving many industries with unanswered questions about their future.

MacFarlane voted against the...

May 14 2015

Orrell says too many questions go unanswered

NORTH SYDNEY, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Northside-Westmount, Eddie Orrell, says he voted against the Liberal budget earlier this week because there was no plan to address the real concerns rural Nova Scotians are facing.

Orrell said if anything, the budget delivered by the McNeil government added more hardship for Cape Bretoners and had no plan to rebuild our economy.

“Families in Cape Breton have been...

May 14 2015

Minister Bernard must release next steps for children in care

HALIFAX - The closure of the Dayspring Children’s Centre has Progressive Conservative Community Services critic Larry Harrison worried more children will end up in hotels as they wait for proper placement.

Liberal minister Joanne Bernard confirmed yesterday that the facility, which cares for children under 12 with emotional and behavioural issues under the care of the province, will close. The minister claimed...

May 12 2015

d’Entremont says many important issues remain unresolved

ARGYLE, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Argyle Barrington, Chris d’Entremont, says he voted against the McNeil government’s budget because it provided no relief for people in rural communities.

The spring session of the Legislature came to a close last night when the Liberals used their majority to ram through their controversial budget. The budget was highlighted by the incompetent handling...

May 12 2015

Lohr blasts more Liberal patronage

HALIFAX, NS – On the same day as unveiling his government’s new nursing strategy, Stephen McNeil has quietly appointed a former Liberal campaign chair to a $185,000 per year top government post.

Fred Crooks, appointed today as Premier McNeil’s Chief Regulatory Officer, served as the Liberals’ campaign chair in 1998. He has held other positions in the party and donated to the Liberals’ 2013 election campaign.