Upheaval in Maintenance Enforcement while $80 million goes uncollected
HALIFAX , NS – Progressive Conservative Economic and Rural Development critic Eddie Orrell says the NDP’s phony plan to convince Nova Scotians that they are moving jobs to rural Nova Scotia is failing miserably.
“The NDP tried to fool people into thinking these jobs were coming from Halifax, when they were not,” said Orrell. “Now there is upheaval in the Maintenance Enforcement program while $80 million is outstanding in support payments to Nova Scotia children. Rural Nova Scotia loses and so do our children.”
Most of the jobs planned for New Waterford are coming from Kentville, Amherst, New Glasgow and Sydney. While the NDP continues to make a complete mess of what should have been a good news story for rural Nova Scotia, Orrell wonders what the upheaval will mean for the work carried out by Maintenance Enforcement workers.
A freedom of information request from the PC Party shows that the approximately 50 Maintenance Enforcement workers are handling over 16,000 cases and trying to collect almost $80 million in support payments that have been ordered by the courts but not yet paid.
“Nova Scotia families can’t afford upheaval in Maintenance Enforcement just for the sake of a phony PR exercise by the NDP,” said Orrell. “That’s a lot of money, $80 million, that is owed to Nova Scotian children while the NDP try to pull a fast one on rural Nova Scotians.”