MLA applauds Amherst, Cumberland County for service-sharing initiatives
Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell told Amherst Rotarians Monday that the Liberal government is fulfilling its election promises.
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Cumberland North Liberal MLA Terry Farrell speaks to members of the Amherst Rotary Club on Monday.
AMHERST – The first four months of Liberal government have been good ones for Nova Scotia, says the MLA for Cumberland North.
Speaking to members of the Amherst Rotary Club on Monday, Terry Farrell said the government is well on its way to accomplishing what it set out to do when elected in October.
“We’re well on our way to doing what we said we would do during the election,” said Farrell, who last October became the first Liberal candidate since Ross Bragg in 1993 to win in Cumberland North. “
Farrell said the government passed 11 pieces of legislation during its first session including banning the importation of fracking waste, passing the Maritime Link Act that guarantees a secure source of energy under terms more favourable to ratepayers.
“In a very short time, we put together the package, completed the negotiations and made an arrangements that’s acceptable to the utility and review board. It’s the best source of power for Nova Scotians going forward after much controversy,” Farrell said.
Farrell said the first few months have been beneficial to Cumberland North in that several capital projects are moving forward, including the construction of a new health-care centre in Pugwash, while the aboiteau on the LaPlanche River will also be replaced.
The government, he said, wants to hear what people in this part of Nova Scotia have to say about the upcoming provincial budget. Finance Minister Diana Whalen will be in Amherst next Monday and Farrell is putting a round table of business people together to talk to her.
As well, Health Minister Leo Glavine will be in Amherst later this month to gather input about changes to health-care administration.
The MLA said he wants government to work with Cumberland County’s municipal units. He said he has spoken to the CAOs of Amherst and Cumberland County and the administrator of the Village of Pugwash and he wants to keep an open line of communication with both municipal units.
“One of the things I promised during the election campaign is work with the various levels of government in Cumberland North to come up with solutions for Cumberland North,” Farrell said. “I believe we have the ability to work together to make progress during our time in office. I will do my best to be the representatives of those governments within the provincial government.”
He also applauded Amherst and Cumberland County for their service-sharing agreements, adding the efforts to share financial and economic development services has been noticed by the province is being looked upon as a model that could be followed elsewhere.
“These are groundbreaking arrangements that could be examples other municipalities can follow to remain viable in these challenging economic times,” said Farrell.