Oct 17 2014

Stands up for victims of sexual abuse

HALIFAX, NS – Yesterday in the Legislature, Progressive Conservative MLA for Inverness, Allan MacMaster, spoke on behalf of sexual abuse victims in the Strait of Canso area.

Over the past few years, there have been well-documented cases of sexual abuse in the Strait area. MacMaster’s comments were in reply to the Fall 2014 Speech from the Throne.  

Bob Martin, a complainant in the Fenwick MacIntosh case, was in the...

Oct 16 2014

Houston tables 1,700 name petition

HALIFAX, NS - Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, tabled a petition in the legislature today with over 1,700 names in support of the PC Bill to create a provincial Lyme Disease Strategy for Nova Scotia.

Houston introduced a Bill in the Legislature in the Spring and re-introduced it today.

Blacklegged ticks are an issue in Nova Scotia and many people are suffering from Lyme disease. Houston says a provincial...

Oct 15 2014

HALIFAX, NS –Today in the Legislature, Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane, tabled a petition with over 3,000 signatures supporting small turkey processors like Gordon Fraser.

Fraser has been in the butchering business for 36 years and was recently told by the Turkey Farmers of Nova Scotia board that he could no longer process turkeys or he’d face a $5,000 fine.  

“This is an attack by the Liberal government on our rural way of...

Oct 14 2014

Liberals failing to provide physicians for rural Nova Scotians

HALIFAX, NS – Today during Question Period, Progressive Conservative MLA for Northside-Westmount demanded answers from the Minister of Health respecting the ongoing issues at the Northside General Hospital.

The hospital recently suffered unexpected and lengthy ER closures. Last week, a spokesperson from the Cape Breton Health Authority indicated the recent closures were, once again, a result of a lack of...

Oct 14 2014

Baillie calls for action to rebuild the economy

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition leader Jamie Baillie says government action is required now to improve our economy and create jobs.

Today, Progressive Conservative MLAs introduced four Bills in the Legislature to rebuild Nova Scotia’s struggling economy and get the provincial finances under control. They are:

·         Economic Growth Goals Act, which...

Sep 10 2014

Still no jobs plan from McNeil Liberals

HALIFAX, NS – Monthly job numbers have been released for Nova Scotia and once again, the news is not good. From September 2013 to September 2014, Nova Scotia lost 8,700 jobs.  Areas of the province hardest hit include the North Shore with 3,900 full-time jobs lost.

As people move away to find work in other provinces, the labour force decreased by 9,700 people.

Karla MacFarlane, Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou...

Sep 10 2014

NEW GLASGOW, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou Centre, Pat Dunn, is concerned about the state of the rail line located in the downtown core of New Glasgow.

Earlier this week, Dunn wrote a letter to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Geoff MacLellan to urgently request a thorough, competent, and objective investigation into rail safety in New Glasgow.

“I have been made personally aware of many serious and alarming flaws in the rail...

Oct 09 2014

Lohr wants answers from the Minister

HALIFAX, NS – Today at the Legislature, Progressive Conservative MLA for Kings North, John Lohr, asked the Minister of Community Services, Joanne Bernard, why her department is going after a disabled woman’s settlementinstead of working with the family toward an alternative solution.

Lohr also tabled a petition...

Oct 09 2014

PCs introduce Bill to make FOIPOP Officer an Officer of the Legislature

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie is calling on the McNeil Liberals to make the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Officer, an Officer of the Legislature. Today in the House of Assembly, Baillie introduced the FOIPOP Commissioner Independence Act.

Currently the information watchdog answers to the Minister of Justice; something Baillie says subjects the position to...

Oct 09 2014

HALIFAX, NS –As Thanksgiving approaches, Progressive Conservative Agriculture critic, John Lohr, says Liberal Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell needs to come clean about his position on allowing Nova Scotians to butcher their own poultry on their own property.

When challenged during Question Period yesterday in the House of Assembly, the Minister said he would not ban Nova Scotians from slaughtering their own chickens and turkeys.

That differs from comments the Minister...