Cumberland South candidates Jackson, Baillie disagree over effects that corporate cuts could have on non-profit organizations
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Cumberland South Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson enjoyed an order of chicken wings Saturday night at the Joggins legion. Jackson will oppose incumbent MLA/PC leader Jamie Baillie and NDP candidate Larry Duchesne when Nova Scotians go to polls on Tuesday, October 8.
JOGGINS-There’s more than just chicken wings being served at the Joggins legion.
“The Joggins legion is about more than just chicken wings and bingo,” stated legion member Doug Legere. “We’re about community breakfasts as well.”
“The legion brings the community together; we meet here,” stated Doug Legere.
Dara Legere echoed the sentiments of his brother Doug Legere. “The recent $6,500.00 grant from the Municipality of Cumberland has been used for a new stand for our griddle, as well as a new coffee making machine,” stated Dara.
Over 100 orders of wings were expected to be sold Saturday. One of these orders was consumed by Cumberland South Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson. “The wings were delicious,” said Jackson. “There’s a lot of meat on them,” he added.
Jackson talked about the potential effects that PC leader Jamie Baillie’s cutting of corporate grants would have on non-profit organizations. “People should read the article ‘Baillie Says No to Handouts’ (written by Chronicle Herald staff reporter Paul MacLeod) and draw their own conclusion,” stated Jackson on Saturday night.
On Sunday, Cumberland South PC riding association vice-president Troy Henwood responded to Jackson’s subtle assertion that cutting corporate grants could affect funding to non-profit organizations such as museums. This could affect the tourism industry, an industry that is vital to Cumberland County.
“The PC platform protects funding to non-profit groups,” stated Henwood. “It transfers the funding from the Cabinet slush fund to the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, or Health, where it belongs,” he added.
Similarly, Baillie says non-profits erroneously funded through the cabinet slush fund will see their funding protected and transferred to the department responsible.
“We will be a strong partner for non-profits,” said Baillie. “To suggest otherwise is blatant fear mongering and voters are smarter than that,” added Baillie on Sunday.
Baillie says the Progressive Conservatives will also find cost savings by scrapping the gold plated MLA pension plan that Liberal leader Stephen McNeil defends.