Mar 24 2014

Puts cap back on assessments 

PARRSBORO, NS – Greenhill property owners can rip up their unfair tax assessments, Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie said today.

Baillie challenged the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) in February for artificially increasing residents’ taxes beyond the provincial Capped Assessment Program (CAP) because of “water-views.”

Today, PVSC announced it will fix the error and issue new property assessments...

Mar 20 2014

HALIFAX, NS – With another study in their hands, Official Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie says it’s time for the McNeil Liberals to finally take serious action.

“Let’s get going. There have been enough studies,” says Baillie. “This is not the time for tinkering. It's time to get our economy working.”

Today, Tom Traves released his review of corporate handouts and the province’s economic incentive tools. Baillie thanks Tom...

Mar 20 2014

HALIFAX, NS- Progressive Conservative Natural Resources critic Alfie MacLeod says the McNeil Liberals’ crown land announcement today is a short-term fix for an important industry that deserves more.

“Our forestry industry needs a long-term plan that actually encourages growth and sustainability,” says MacLeod. “Proper forest management is done over decades not months.”

MacLeod says these six-month leases are better than nothing, but Nova Scotia...

Mar 07 2014

Baillie: Still no plan from Liberals

PICTOU, NS – Opposition leader Jamie Baillie says today’s job numbers, released by Statistics Canada, are further proof Nova Scotians need action from the Liberals to help resolve a provincial employment crisis.

In the last year, 3,500 fewer Nova Scotians have jobs. In the last two years, 8,700 jobs have disappeared. Baillie says the Liberals must focus on solutions now, before it’s too late. 


Mar 06 2014

Baillie calls on Premier to commit

HALIFAX, NS – Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie is calling on the McNeil Liberals to put all 19 of the Ivany Commission’s goals into law to properly start rebuilding Nova Scotia’s economy.

“Nova Scotia is at an urgent crossroad,” says Baillie. “Doing nothing in the wake of our many challenges is not good enough.”

Mr. Ivany will appear before the Legislative Committee on Economic Development this...

Mar 06 2014

Pictou job losses not a priority for Liberal government

HALIFAX – Liberal Chair of the Economic Development Committee Joachim Stroink has rejected an emergency meeting of the committee in Pictou County next week.

“This is ridiculous,” says Karla MacFarlane, Progressive Conservative committee member. “We have a crisis on our hands and the Liberals are sitting on theirs.”

The PCs and the NDP voted in favour of a motion to have an emergency...

Mar 04 2014

Statement from Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie:

"The decision by council to dissolve the town of Springhill ‎is no doubt an emotional and difficult one.
The people of Springhill have faced...
Mar 03 2014

PICTOU – Pictou’s Progressive Conservative MLAs Karla MacFarlane, Tim Houston and Pat Dunn are devastated to learn Michelin Canada is slowing production of its manufacturing facility in Granton, effectively eliminating 500 jobs from the community.

Karla MacFarlane of Pictou West says she’s sickened by the news and wants to be part of the solution to turn Pictou’s economy around.

“I know how hard these employees work and it’s crushing to see...

Mar 03 2014

"I am saddened by the devastating news about the loss of 500 important jobs at the Michelin plant in Granton.

My heart goes out to the hundreds of families that will be affected by these job reductions. It will also be hard for all Nova Scotians to watch, as more good paying jobs are lost.

As the Ivany Report points out, our province is at a critical crossroads. We must get the fundamentals right. We simply cannot stand by while jobs and families leave our province for...

Mar 01 2014

HALIFAX – Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie says today's bill directed at Home Support Workers is yet another Liberal band-aid.

"Real change is needed to the way our health system operates," says Baillie.  “The Ivany Report calls for real 'game changers' to fix the way Nova Scotia works and we believe in that."

Baillie says the PC caucus can't support another band-aid scheme, cobbled together on the eve of another crisis in health...