LED Roadway would have Liberal support

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Nova Scotia Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says he would support companies such as LED Roadway Lighting with repayable loans.

Heather Porter works on a light fixture while Nova Scotia Liberal leader Stephen McNeil, Dave Scott from LED Roadway Lighting and Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell look on. McNeil was in Amherst on Thursday to tour the manufacturer and support Farrell’s campaign in the final few days before Tuesday’s provincial election.

AMHERST – Nova Scotia Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says he would support companies such as LED Roadway Lighting with repayable loans.

Responding to comments from Cumberland North NDP candidate Brian Skabar about what a Liberal government could mean to one of Amherst’s largest employers, McNeil said he supports the work taking place at LED Roadway Lighting.

“They’re doing amazing stuff that you see all over the province,” McNeil said while touring the manufacturing facility with local Liberal candidate Terry Farrell. “It’s always amazing to me when research and technology come together for business to develop on their own.”

McNeil says his party has a very different view on supporting economic development than the New Democrats. Instead of large corporate handouts, McNeil said he supports repayable loans.

“This it the NDP once again misrepresenting the facts,” McNeil said. “We would certainly do things very differently. They’ve written a lot of big cheques across the province with fewer Nova Scotians working. There need to be job targets and job commitments and people of Nova Scotia have to be the employees.”

Skabar said McNeil has it wrong when it comes to supporting jobs for families I Amherst and suggests he would have said no to LED Roadway Lighting.

“Mr. McNeil has said the kind of support LED Roadway has received would not happen under a Liberal government. That means a strong local employer would have been left to explore other options like leaving Nova Scotia and taking jobs with them,” Skabar said.

LED Roadway Lighting and C-Vision have received forgiveable loans and $11 million in equity investments.

“Mr. McNeil is wrong on jobs. Jobs were created here in Amherst because NDP job investments made Amherst a more attractive place to do business,” said Skabar.

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Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia

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