Baille embarks on two-day province wide blitz
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Nova Scotia PC leader Jamie Baillie speaks with David Duffy Saturday inside the Oxford Tim Hortons Saturday as part of his two-day cross province tour.
OXFORD-Nova Scotians are ready to pass judgment on the NDP, according to PC leader and Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie.
“We’re starting this cross-province tour because, after four years of NDP government, people are ready to cast judgment on them,” argues Baillie.
“Steady outmigration, income erosion, soaring taxes and a billion dollars in new debt is the Dexter NDP’s record that they will have to defend in the upcoming election,” said Baillie.
“Nova Scotians were looking for change, but what they got was a government that broke its promises and reached deeper in o taxpayers’ pockets to pay for wasteful government spending.”
While premier Darrell Dexter has yet to call an election, leaders such as Baillie are preparing themselves for one.
“My focus is on employment, the economy and how to kick start rural economies through job creation,” said Baillie. “The question being asked right now is which of the leaders has the right background and experience to turn around Nova Scotia’s economy,” he added. “That leader is me.”
Prior to entering politics, Baillie was a chartered accountant and former President of Credit Union Atlantic.
Baillie kicked off his two-day blitz Friday afternoon with PC candidate Edna Lee going door-to-door in New Waterford, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
“I can’t believe Mr. (Stephen) McNeil let one of his MLAs (Manning MacDonald of Cape Breton South) take a month off,” exclaimed Baillie with regards to MacDonald’s month-long April vacation in Florida with his wife. “How could he (McNeil) possibly run a government?” asked Baillie.
McNeil condoned MacDonald's planned vacation on the grounds that MacDonald, 70 (who will not be re-offering), believed an election would have been called by the month of April.
Less than twenty-four hours after spending time in Cape Breton, Baillie was going door-to-door in Oxford before embarking on rallies in Truro, Halifax, the Annapolis Valley and the South Shore on Saturday before completing his whirlwind tour of the province in Yarmouth and Liverpool on Sunday.
“As people get to know me, as they do here in Cumberland South, we will continue to gain support,” argued Baillie. “I expect my new team of MLAs to work very hard for their constituents,” he concluded.