HALIFAX – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the Liberals and the NDP are rushing out of the Legislature even though there is important work left to be done.
“Nova Scotians expect their MLAs to be at work, creating the conditions to kick-start our struggling economy but instead the Liberals and the NDP were in a hurry to end the sitting,” said Baillie. “Hard working Nova Scotians cannot afford to wait longer for real economic challenges to be addressed.”
Baillie says there is no better way to pay for roads, highways, education and healthcare than with a growing, robust economy.
“As the sitting ends, Nova Scotians still pay the highest taxes, the highest power rates, are going deeper in debt and struggling to get by,” said Baillie. “Instead of getting leadership on these issues, they see the NDP government and the Liberal opposition struggle with absent MLAs, questionable expense claims and bad behaviour.”
Nova Scotians deserve better, Baillie added.
Baillie pointed to the NDP government's rush to ram the Muskrat Falls decision through the UARB in six months as an example of important work Nova Scotians wanted resolved before the House sitting ended.
“The people of Nova Scotia will be on the hook for this $1.5 billion deal for two generations and the next 35 years,” said Baillie. “The NDP is ramming this mega-project through without proper scrutiny and I believe ratepayers deserve better.”
Baillie said the PC Caucus was happy to finally see the NDP take steps to protect children from cyberbullying but says there is still more recommendations from the government’s own taskforce that should be implemented.
This will likely be the last House session before a provincial election and Baillie says voters will be looking to the leaders of each party to decide who can best kick-start our struggling economy.