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PC Party leader and Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie kicks off his campaign during a rally in Springhill on Saturday night.
PC leader kicks off campaign in Springhill
Nova Scotians have entered an election that will be about high taxes, high power rates and high unemployment, says the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and the MLA for Cumberland South.
SPRINGHILL – Nova Scotians have entered an election that will be about high taxes, high power rates and high unemployment, says the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and the MLA for Cumberland South.
Speaking to a partisan crowd at his Springhill campaign office, Jamie Baillie said people across the province have grown tired of having to leave Nova Scotia for jobs and opportunity elsewhere.
“This election is all about jobs and the economy and who can turn it around,” Baillie said. “People have two choices. They can have more of the same, or we can have real change this time that works for the people.”
The Conservatives enter the election after being in third place after the last election and third place in the polls. Baillie said much has changed in the party since he assumed its leadership.
“We’re a new party with new candidates and a plan to turn the economy around,” said Baillie. “Everywhere I go people are looking to the future and asking who can deliver the best future? When they compare our plan to the others we’ll do very well.”
Along with criticizing the record of the NDP government of Premier Darrell Dexter, the PC leader also took aim at Liberal leader Stephen McNeill.
“Nova Scotians will finally have a chance to say goodbye to Mr. Dexter and the NDP,” Baillie said. “For all the problems the NDP have caused, all the money they’ve taken out of your pocket and all the jobs that have been lost, while Liberals say they have opposed them they will not change a single thing the NDP did.”
Baillie said the Liberal leader was against the HST when it was raised two per cent to help combat the deficit, but will leave the tax where it is. He said McNeil complained when power rates when up, but his party’s policy will maintain higher rates.
“They are no different. If you want to turn your economy around, create jobs and lower taxes and stop the increases in power rates you have one choice and that’s the PC Party,” he said.
Baillie, the former CEO of Credit Union Atlantic who was elected in a 2010 byelection, said he’s looking forward to race, not only in Nova Scotia, but also in Cumberland South.
The incumbent said that despite opposition claims that he used Cumberland South to get a seat in the legislature, he remains committed to the riding.
“My opponents said in that last byelection said he won’t stay. You vote for him and he’ll be gone. They’re trying to do it again. It didn’t work the last time. They can’t think of anything else to say so they’re going to retread that,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, no matter what office I have Cumberland South always has and always will come first.”