Jan 28 2014

KENTVILLE, NS – Progressive Conservative Agriculture critic and Kings North MLA John Lohr is asking the McNeil Liberals to come clean about whether or not they are committed to helping fruit growers modernize their businesses and keep jobs in rural Nova Scotia.

Lohr's comments come as the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association kick-off their annual meeting.

“This is about priorities. The Liberals are silent on this issue and it’s time they take action...

Jan 27 2014

Nova Scotians burdened by two rate increases in less than one month

BARRINGTON, NS – Progressive Conservative Energy critic Chris d’Entremont says the Liberal government is letting Nova Scotians down by allowing not one, but two power rate increases, less than one month into 2014.

“During the election, the Liberals promised to give families relief on their power bills,” said d’Entremont. “Now, they’ve allowed two back-to-...

Jan 24 2014

PICTOU, NS - Progressive Conservative Education critic Pat Dunn says the Liberal government has a responsibility to ensure all students get to school safely despite the CUPE strike in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

On Sunday evening, CUPE workers rejected the latest offer from the CCRSB. Strike action began today leaving families with no school buses to pick up...

Jan 23 2014

SPRINGHILL, NS – Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie says he’s pleased the government has signed the lease approving a new municipal geothermal project in Springhill.

“It’s a win-win for Springhill and Cumberland County,” says Baillie. “The lease brings the potential for much needed jobs to the area and will provide clean, renewable energy for local businesses, both large and small.”

The lease is part of Nova Scotia's first municipal...

Jan 23 2014

Calls recurring deficits "unsustainable"

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the McNeil Liberals must take action this year to balance the budget and stop the growth in our province's debt.

“In the face of another NDP deficit, the Liberals propose to do nothing. That is unacceptable. The cost of doing nothing is too high,” says Baillie. “The Liberals must do the right thing and balance the budget now....

Jan 22 2014

SYDNEY, NS - Progressive Conservative Transportation critic Alfie MacLeod is calling on the McNeil Liberals to explain the $15.5 million cut to highway improvements.

“The Liberals have once again shown Nova Scotians they have no plan to get our province moving in the right direction,” says MacLeod. “Cutting millions in roadwork is a move directly out of the Liberal playbook from the 90’s."

Released today, the first Liberal Highway Improvement Plan...

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...