Jamie Baillie looks back at 2013, ahead to 2014
Cumberland South MLA and PC Party leader Jamie Baillie says 2013 was a year of growth for himself and the party.
SPRINGHILL – Cumberland South MLA and PC Party leader Jamie Baillie feels 2013 was a year of growth and positive steps in the riding and for his party.
Looking back at what took place in the last year, Baillie said he is most proud of the school announcements in his riding including the decision to give the Wentworth Elementary another year to come up with a plan to save itself, while after months of waiting the tender was awarded for the River Hebert District High School renovation project.
“River Hebert was my top priority in 2013 and that school is now going to get finished, while I will continue to work in 2014 on the gym expansion at Springhill Junior-Senior High,” Baillie said. “I also wrote to the school board asking for a new elementary school for Springhill.
“On the education front, I think 2013 turned out to be a good year.”
Baillie said 2013 was a tough year on the job front. He said that will be his focus moving into 2014. He wants to work with the new Liberal government to find ways to create more jobs in Cumberland South and stop the flow of young people to opportunities in Alberta.
Unfortunately, he’s not optimistic the government is on the same page.
“Creating jobs to me is about getting our power rates under control and lowering taxes. It appears those aren’t priorities of the Liberal government, but they are for me,” Baillie said.
He said higher taxes are condemning businesses in this part of Nova Scotia. He said the most important thing the government can do is get the economy going so jobs will be created.
“That’s not going to happen when we’re continuing to pay the highest taxes and the highest power rates in the country,” Baillie said. “The Liberals promised to lower the power rates and review the taxes, which people took to mean they would go down. If they break those promises it’s going to be another long four years without jobs and that’s not acceptable.”
Baillie said he’s looking forward to addition paving work in the riding, including finishing Trunk 2 between Parrsboro, Springhill and Amherst. He also wants to see the Lynn Mountain Bridge replaced this year.
“The NDP set all that aside. I hope the Liberals make replacing bridges a priority and they’ll have my support if they do,” Baillie said.
Looking back at 2013, Baillie said he was honoured to be re-elected the MLA for Cumberland South. He said he didn’t know the feeling he had after being elected in the 2010 byelection could be beat, but the feeling this time was even greater.
“It shows the people got to know you and expressed their continuing confidence in your abilities to represent them. That means the world to me,” he said. “I had to campaign as the party leader and the MLA at the same time and the people of Cumberland South stuck by me.”