Apr 21 2015

PCs want answers

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Finance critic and Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is questioning Premier McNeil’s decision to spend $42,000 on his own office’s renovations.

The new information was obtained by the PC MLAs through a Freedom of Information request (attached).

“This Premier’s motto should be, ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’” said Houston. “Premier McNeil is telling everyone else they will have...

Apr 21 2015

Liberal decision short-sighted

HALIFAX, NS – Last week in the Legislature, MLA for Pictou Centre Pat Dunn asked the Liberal Minister responsible for Gaelic Affairs, Randy Delorey, about lack of consultation with Gaelic community about new changes imposed.

The Liberal government made cuts to the Department of Gaelic Affairs without explanation or talking with the community about the impacts.

"Nova Scotia has been home to many Gaelic descendants,...

Apr 21 2015

Houston to introduce Bill in the legislature

April 21, 2015
For immediate release

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is calling for the McNeil Liberals to be more accountable when they spend taxpayers’ money.

Today in the Legislature, Houston will introduce the Transperency in Ministers' Expenses Act, which requires a copy of the previous month’s expenses for ministers and their executive assistants to be...

Apr 15 2015

Goal: Ensure public consultation prior to town dissolutions

SPRINGHILL, NS - Progressive Conservative leader and Cumberland South MLA, Jamie Baillie, introduced amendments to the Municipal Government Act. The amendments address one of the shortcomings of the dissolution process recently undertaken by the Town of Springhill.

“Springhillers are now moving on with making the best of the recent...

Apr 21 2015

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Argyle Barrington and Fisheries critic Chris d’Entremont says every time Liberal Minister Keith Colwell tries to provide clarity on the lobster levy, he ends up creating more chaos and confusion. There is also concern that the Minister will try to impose contributions by industry and enforce it, something he could not find consensus for.

Among specific concerns in the legislation is how the Minister intends to define what...

Apr 17 2015

Baillie tables petition with 4,592 signatures

HALIFAX, NS – Today in the Legislature, Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie tabled a petition with 4,592 signatures calling on the McNeil Liberals to fix the film tax credit today.

The petition calls on the Premier and the Minister of Finance to establish, in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Film Industry, a workable Film Industry Tax credit that will stabilize and preserve the industry while ensuring a fair cost...

Apr 16 2015

Broken promises damaging to our economy

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative Natural Resources critic and MLA for Pictou West, Pat Dunn, is concerned the McNeil Liberals’ broken fuel-tax rebate promise will put more rural jobs in the mining industry at risk.

Last May, Finance Minister Diana Whalen wrote to the Mining Association of Nova Scotia (MANS) informing them that they would see the...

Apr 16 2015

NSLC planning to repeat $141,000 management conference in 2015, in spite of Premier’s tough talk

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is demanding action from Liberal Minister Diana Whalen on unjustifiable spending of $141,000 of taxpayers’ money for a NSLC Management Training Conference.

According to documents obtained by the Progressive Conservatives, a 2013 “training session” held at Digby Pines Resort,...

Apr 15 2015

MacFarlane calls on Education Minister to support hub school model for River John

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane, wants Minister of Education Karen Casey to support a hub school model for River John.

Yesterday, during Question Period, MacFarlane asked the Liberal Minister if she’s taken the time to look at the presentations of the Support Our School (SOS) Committee. The Minister refused...

Apr 15 2015

MacLeod concerned Cape Bretoners are at risk

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative MLA for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg, Alfie MacLeod, says the decision by the Liberal government to break its malpractice rebate promise for obstetricians is causing serious healthcare concerns for Cape Breton women.

Yesterday during Question Period, MacLeod questioned the Minister of Health and Wellness, Leo Glavine, on how he could allow his department to make such an incompetent decision. Six...