PC leader says rural economic suffering under NDP government
PC leader and Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie is in Oxford today meeting with employees at Oxford Frozen Foods.
OXFORD – Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie says listening to the people and employers in Cumberland South is a key part of his Jobs and Economy tour this summer.
On Wednesday, Baillie is meeting with workers at Oxford Frozen Foods, one of the region’s largest employers.
“Everywhere I go people are struggling, especially in our rural communities,” Baillie said in a news release. “We are the only Party with a plan to lower taxes and provide relief from skyrocketing power rates, to put money back in people’s pockets and kick-start our struggling economy.”
A recent Statistic Canada report painted a troubling picture for rural Nova Scotia. Updated employment numbers show there are 1,300 fewer full-time jobs on the North Shore than four years ago
Baillie says power rates and high taxes are getting in the way of creating real jobs and opportunity.
He’s met with many businesses in Cumberland County over the summer including Ropak Industries, Surrette Batteries, Benjamin Heating and Granby Furnace Inc. He says they are all facing the same challenges when it comes to creating jobs.
“We need real change in the way government is run, so it works for the people,” said Baillie. “Neither the Liberals nor the NDP have a plan to build a modern economy. The NDP raised the HST to the highest in the country and the Liberals will keep it there.”
Baillie says the government needs to reduce barriers to business and create a modern, dynamic, 21st century economy. A PC government will lower taxes, cut red tape, stop wasteful spending and kick start Nova Scotia’s struggling economy.