HALIFAX - Progressive Conservative leader and Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie unveiled his party’s plan to turn around Nova Scotia’s troubled economy at a campaign readiness conference in Dartmouth on Saturay.
Baillie said the PC Party’s platform for the next election will focus on three key economic objectives.
“Lower taxes. Stop wasteful spending. More jobs,” Baillie told the audience of 130 candidates and their campaign officials from across Nova Scotia.
“It’s a formula for success for our economy. Lowering taxes plus putting a stop to wasteful spending equals more jobs,” said Baillie, adding that as a Chartered Accountant, he wants “a plan for Nova Scotia that adds up”.
Baillie says the burden of higher taxes and unaffordable power rates must be reduced.
“The NDP have taxed away $1,000 from everyone in higher HST. We will cut the HST and put that money back in the hands of Nova Scotians,” said Baillie. “We will freeze power rates and move to more renewable energy at a pace we can afford. Electricity schemes we can’t afford are squeezing the family budget and killing jobs.”
Baillie said the billion dollars that the NDP have given out in bailouts and handouts was “wasteful spending” that could have been put to better use in education and re-training.
He said the expense of Nova Scotia’s top-heavy healthcare administration would be better invested in reducing the now record-breaking long-term care waitlist.
“We will balance the budget, cut the HST, freeze power rates and knock down the barriers to job creation in Nova Scotia,” said Baillie. “The NDP and Liberals will not.”