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Baillie openly discusses issues in first of a series of community gatherings.

: (From left) Cumberland South PC Riding Association president Doug Marshall, Esther Boyd, Cumberland South MLA/PC leader Jamie Baillie and Jack Boyd share some conversation Thursday night inside the Nappan United Church Hall. On Saturday, March 15 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, the Nappan United Church Hall will be hosting its annual Pancake Day. 

NAPPAN-It’s not easy to meet with each of the 15,000 people in your riding, but that is what Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie is giving people the chance to do in a series of community gatherings that kicked off Thursday night in Nappan.

“Between now and the next (provincial) election, we’re making an attempt to have these community gatherings in order for Jamie (Baillie) to meet with as many of the local people as possible, starting with the new part of the riding” stated Cumberland South PC Riding Association president Doug Marshall. “Since he has been the Leader of the Opposition, he has a lot more responsibilities than before. We’re also actively working on recommendations for Elections Nova Scotia on how we can make some improvements. The onus has been to increase the number of voters, but after the last election, it might be hard to get these people to vote.”

On Thursday night, Baillie spoke openly with his constituents about such issues as employment, power rates and CEO wage increases and the situation in Springhill.

“I would like to welcome the people of Maccan, Nappan, Brookdale and area to the riding of Cumberland South,” said Baillie. “I am their representative. There is no election coming, I’m just doing my job to represent the entire area. It (the decision to dissolve the town) may be the right decision, but the people of Springhill have not had their say. In the days ahead, it is important for Council to listen to the people of Springhill. It was a shock to me because I found out the same time as Springhill did. I’m in shock, so I know how the people in Springhill must be feeling. The most important thing now is to get all the facts to the people.”

The Springhill saga was not the only issue that Baillie weighed in on Thursday.

“I’m very worried about the lack of jobs and am hopeful that I can work with the government on implementing the Ivany Report, particularly the recommendations related to rural areas,” Baillie said. “I am also disappointed that our power corporation would hand out raises when so many Nova Scotians are hurting. Our power bills have gone up twice since the Liberals were elected, and I am truly disappointed in that as well. As I said during the election (campaign), I believe that real change will only come when we remove the guarantee on Nova Scotia Power’s profits and make them earn them like everyone else. People can’t live without a rate freeze. That’s what makes the salary increases so galling with the increases that have been made. The Liberals have failed to keep their promises.”

Despite concerns about a lack of jobs, hope springs eternal, according to Baillie.

“Soon it’ll be tourist season, and I know that there will be some important cultural announcements in the coming weeks that will provide some hope,” said Baillie.

 

Organizations: Cumberland South PC Riding Association, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: NAPPAN, Springhill, Maccan Cumberland South

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