Small says 'enough is enough'

Darrell Cole
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Mayor frustrated with deterioration of government services in Amherst

AMHERST – Amherst Mayor Robert Small plans to become more of a squeaky wheel and less of a church mouse when it comes to his dealings with the provincial government.

“It’s often said the church mouse gets nothing and the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Well, I intend to be more of a squeaky wheel because we’re not hearing much from our MLA and that’s disappointing,” the mayor said Thursday, a day after meeting in Halifax with Justice Minister Ross Landry about the deterioration of his department’s presence in Amherst. “Someone has to step up for Amherst, and if the MLA’s not going to do it, I guess the mayor and council will.”

During his meeting, Small expressed his frustration at the decision last month to move six Maintenance Enforcement jobs to New Waterford as part of the Dexter government’s decentralization initiative.

“The minister and deputy minister try to explain why they had to do something to help New Waterford, but on the same breath it seems as though every decision affects Amherst,” Small said. “First it was geography by moving the jail to Pictou County and now it’s efficiency by moving the jobs to New Waterford.”

Small said he conveyed concerned expressed by residents regarding the continued erosion of good paying, government jobs from Amherst.

“I am completely frustrated with the seemingly continual news of good paying, stable government jobs that are integral to our economy leaving Amherst,” the mayor said.

The announcement, along with the previous decision to close the Cumberland County Correctional Centre, means at least 30 Justice jobs are leaving Amherst. The mayor said this represents about $1.5 million in direct salaries alone without considering all the economic spinoffs associated with these jobs.

Organizations: Cumberland County Correctional Centre

Geographic location: Amherst, New Waterford, Halifax Pictou County

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Recent comments

  • Jason
    June 18, 2012 - 09:44

    we need someone to yell and scream to get the stuff we want because we want it now...and if other representatives in other areas are screaming too well screw them because we deserve it more!

  • Fuzzy Bear
    June 15, 2012 - 12:05

    WTG ....Mayor Small!!! Bout time someone stood up and finally said those words "Enough is Enough" However remember a squeaky wheel only gets overbearing and in your face type of politician usually gets what they want! And PS....So long election....adious! You've lost a major support group by these comments here and rightfully so!.

  • Change
    June 15, 2012 - 08:34

    A lame duck MLA. I haven't heard his name mentioned since he was somehow voted in. Long live the NDP (not).

  • Jason
    June 15, 2012 - 07:34

    The real solution is to vote after the election so we can vote for the winner and then they can shift jobs away from other areas to here...

  • Too little To Late...Maybe
    June 14, 2012 - 21:04

    Consultation is where it much input did the community have in the decisions to decentralize - there is a time to decentralize but not at the expense of the community. the decisions have been made....but not to the point they cant be reversed with public pressure. : decentralization is about economics - but creating one area to become depressed over one becoming more vibrant is not something that traditionally works in smaller provinces. Decentralization from the NHQ region to economically depressed areas works.and I have seen it. my question Who were the Brains behind all of this. Thank you Mayor for challanging this!

  • AmherstNB
    June 14, 2012 - 18:33

    I wonder if Dexter even knows who the MLA for Cumberland North is. Skabar is not even a church mouse! He is letting this riding fall of the map with his silence.