Nova Scotia Liberal leader’s two-day campaign tour includes stop in River Hebert
© Jamie Heap-The Amherst News
Nova Scotia Liberal leader Stephen McNeil talks to concerned citizens outside of River Hebert District High School this past Friday night following a tour of its interior. McNeil also campigned in Parrsboro and Springhill with Cumberland South Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson on Friday before campaigning with Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell in Amherst and Pugwash on Saturday.
RIVER HEBERT-Stephen McNeil’s recent two-day campaign tour of Cumberland County included a tour of Nova Scotia’s oldest district school on Friday evening.
“There is no question that the need is there for it to happen,” said McNeil in reference to the building of a new p-12 school. “The school is an important part of the community that has worked hard for it, and, it can become the hub of it.”
“Schools like the one here in River Hebert and in Springhill deserve to receive as a much (government) attention as in other parts of the province,” stated McNeil.
Delays regarding the timeline of the new p-12 facility’s construction continue to resonate among the citizenry of River Hebert and area. “It is my understanding that the tenders for the school are at the treasury board and can be handled by the next government,” stated McNeil. “The Department of Education has signed off on it and it’s ready to go. The calling of an election would not stop it from going through. That’s not that the way politics should be,” added McNeil.
McNeil, who was accompanied by Cumberland South Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson, also talked about jobs, corporate welfare and small businesses.
“Nova Scotians will have to ask themselves if they’re better off now than they were four years ago,” stated McNeil. “Over that time, power has gone up by 30% with fewer people working than there were during the height of the recession.”
If elected premier, McNeil says he would put an end to corporate welfare, choosing to focus more on small businesses to help foster job creation in rural Nova Scotia.
“There’s just no jobs here at all,” claimed District 9 county councillor Mike McLellan. “There’s probably no more than thirty jobs in the area,” he added.
Instead of providing handouts to big corporations, McNeil believes that the government of Nova Scotia needs to invest more in small businesses.
“It’s important that government stops corporate welfare and starts believing in small businesses,” stated McNeil. “Large corporations that receive handouts often leave while small business owners work and stay in the community because they live here,” added McNeil. “It’s not always money that small businesses need: sometimes they need help and support from government to train employees.”
On Saturday, McNeil campaigned with Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell in Amherst and Pugwash. “There’s been a few announcements already made (by NDP leader Darrell Dexter), and, it really sounds like there will be more to come,” stated Farrell. “Stephen timed his visit to Cumberland County perfectly.”