Premier lauds Springhill, Cumberland

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Government won’t force amalgamation, but supports decision

AMHERST – The business community here were given the opportunity to hear first-hand how the province will be steered through the coming years from its captain, Premier Stephen McNeil.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil at the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

McNeil was the guest speaker at the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Wandlyn Inn, and McNeil gave a forward address and was equally forward with his responses to questions form the audience, fielding inquiries on everything from economy, immigration, the Ivany Report and the dissolution of the Town of Springhill into the Municipality of Cumberland County.

“With respects to Springhill and Cumberland County, I’d like to congratulate them on taking a major step. It’s not an decision for any community to make,” McNeil said. 

Amalgamation is nothing new in the province, albeit rare. In the case of the Halifax Regional Municipality, it was a situation demanded by the government of the day and its success remains questionable. In the case of Liverpool and Queens County, however, the decision was negotiated like Springhill and Cumberland County will do, and its netted positive results. With the economic and fiscal stresses many towns in the province are coping with, and all eyes will be looking at the outcome of Springhill’s dissolution to see if it delivers a model other communities can follow.

“Our government will not force amalgamation, but we will work with any community who wants to go down that road,” M

Organizations: Area Chamber of Commerce, Wandlyn Inn, Halifax Regional Municipality

Geographic location: Springhill, Cumberland County, Liverpool Queens

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  • wingman
    March 24, 2014 - 10:50

    To local and Ordinary Citizen. I am talking about the promises he made one in particular was to open power up to competition. How long is this going to take and if he came from a big family too bad he forgot how bad is was to struggle just like many people in this Province are struggling today but I guess you two are among the ones who aren't in that group and don't care about the ones who are.

  • Local
    March 24, 2014 - 07:17

    To wingman,and you think we madea bad decision,I suppose you think Baillie was the man.I think you need to go back to bed

  • ordinary citizen
    March 23, 2014 - 21:41

    Wingman if you did your homework you would know the premier came from a small rural area from a family of 17 .He was a refrigerator repair man .And besides the people he was speaking too were voted officials just like you or I .How much more ordinary do you want.He is only human with a lot of big decision to make with a lot of messes to clean up and you should know this does not happen overnight .Just to build a shed today is a lot of red tape ,I couldn't imagine trying to fix all the problems this province has.we should really give him a chance.I think he's doing a great job getting out to our communities keep up the good work Stephen .

  • wingman
    March 22, 2014 - 13:34

    Too bad he wouldn't answer questions from ordinary citizens. What a bad decision we made when electing this guy.