Tory leader accuses premier to killing jobs in northern Nova Scotia

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Cumberland South MLA and Tory leader Jamie Baillie is accusing the NDP government and Premier Darrell Dexter of killing jobs in northern Nova Scotia.

SPRINGHILL – Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie says bad management by the Dexter NDP is killing jobs on the north shore and forcing families to look for new opportunities away from home.

According to a Statistics Canada report released last week, employment has dropped by 1,900 in the last month alone. 1,800 of those were full-time jobs. In addition, 1,100 people have stopped looking for work and left to hopefully find a job somewhere else.

“The NDP are hurting rural Nova Scotia with bad policies that kill jobs,” said Baillie, citing the upcoming closure of fine-salt plant in Pugwash as the latest example. “Windsor Salt is shutting the doors of their fine-salt plant because the cost of electricity and doing business in Nova Scotia is too high. Those were valuable, local jobs that families depended on.”

Nova Scotia has the worst job record in the country. In 2012, 8,600 jobs were lost, 6,300 of them full-time. That’s the equivalent of every person in Trenton and Westville losing a full-time job in one year.

Baillie says the government should create the conditions to allow people to create jobs instead of constantly bailing out large corporations. That means lowering taxes, freezing power rates and stopping wasteful spending.

“Our economy is dangerously weak and rural Nova Scotia is in recession," said Baillie. “A better way forward for our province is a balanced budget and lower taxes, freeze power rates, and have labour laws that encourage investment and growth.”

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Northern Nova Scotia, Pugwash Trenton

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