Springhill locked out...Tabor walks out

Christopher Gooding
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Riding president quits over Jail controversy

SPRINGHILL - Cumberland South's NDP champion threw in his orange towel yesterday in protest of the provincial government's decision to knock out the area from consideration for a 100-cell provincial jail.
In a signed letter to local media, Don Tabor revealed he is now the former riding president and roasted the NDP for upholding the "old style of politics," and not delivering a better deal for Nova Scotians as promised during the election.
In April, the previous Conservative government announced Springhill was the site for a new jail to replace the aging facility in Amherst while the site for replacing the Antigonish jail was a work in progress.
After the NDP took power, however, the Dexter government scrapped $18 millon from its budget for the jail and Justice Minister Ross Landry announced his department was reviewing the decision.
Landry made it official last week neither Springhill nor Amherst will get the jail and only a single, 100-cell jail will be built somewhere centrally located between the New Brunswick border and Antigonish.
"When he was campaigning for the election, Premier Dexter assured us that he would be honouring all the commitments previously announced by the MacDonald government," Tabor wrote. "Confident with his assurance I in turn conveyed that confidence and assurance to the constituents of Cumberland South.
"I too feel betrayed and disillusioned by the news that we are not going to see the new facility constructed here."
Tabor says he started to receive calls from concerned citizens when the jail was put into question and, privately, he has taken steps to ensure his NDP colleagues are aware of his disappointment and is calling on the citizenry to unify behind the issue and write to their MLAs, the premier and federal MP to express their dissatisfaction.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Cumberland South, Amherst, Antigonish New Brunswick

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  • 4 years of NDP Hell
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    I must say, I'm impressed with Tabor's actions. 2 thumbs up. Looks good to see a NDP show that what Dexter is doing is wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Well
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Very mature response moriarty. What everyone expected. Apparently your party doesn't like it when someone stand up for their riding. Cumberland South will be lost in the next election as well. As a matter of fact Cumberland North will be lost as well.

    Standing up for his beliefs doesn't make him sad. You saying that makes you sad. How's your sour grapes?

  • Wow
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Unrest in the ranks of the orange machine. No real effect for the current government, but certainly a blow for the organization in coming elections if the faces of local NDP thrusts disappear.

  • Kurt
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    2 thumbs up, Its much harder to take a stand like that than to go with the flow.Right is right and Dexter is wrong on this one. and so is Moriarty

  • concerned
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Dexter assured us he would be hornouring all the commitments made previously! Wow, what a statement! Here's a guy on the inside with first hand knowledge, and remembers what Dexter had said.
    This is how a MAN represent his riding! Skabar could learn a thing from this guy.
    Way to go Don for standing up for what is right!

  • Moriarty
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    ...................Good riddance!

    Don, you're a loose cannon, and if this is what you feel you need to do to get over the sour grapes of losing the election...so be it.

    You're a sad man Don.

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Way to go Don!

  • Realistic
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    100% two thumbs up Donnie, you've got my full support on this one - all of Cumberland should be behind you. The silence of Mr. Skabar, on the other hand, is deafening.

    Moriarity, I'm not sure if its even possible, but if you want to be considered an even bigger fool than you are now, just keep talking - your lunacy apparently knows no bounds.

  • Doug
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good for you Donnie.

  • Good
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Way to go Donnie! We're proud of ya!

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    He's got more of a spine than Skabar. Brian sold us out and will not own up to it. Until he actually stands up to Dexter, and defends his riding, he's useless weight.

    Good Job Tabor!