The times, they are a changing. That old clichÉ certainly strikes a chord with me today, as I throw away the last page of the 2009 calendar and ready myself for a busy new year. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.
As we move forward in 2010, we realize that the next few years will require government to make some very tough decisions. As your MLA, I remain committed to working for you and with you as we place Nova Scotia on a more sustainable economic course.
Improving the finances in our province will require working together. The government will engage Nova Scotians through a comprehensive consultation process to help you understand the nature and scope of the financial problem and to gain your views on how to proceed.
We can do our part here in Cumberland County. To support our local economy and the merchants in our area, my resolution for 2010 is to shop at home as much as possible. Please, join me. Whether it's gas, groceries, clothing or automobiles, it is important to support businesses in our own community.
To address the issue of cross-border fueling, I'm very pleased to say that the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (URB) has set a date for the hearing to review gas price regulation at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border. It will be held at the Amherst Fire Hall on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. This issue has always been an important one for me and I will be making a presentation at the hearing on behalf of my constituents.
Cross-border fueling ultimately takes away revenue that funds valuable government services in Nova Scotia. It is my hope the URB's decision will reduce that practice by many.
I will be away for the week of Jan. 11, when Joyce, our daughter Lauren and I travel to Manitoba to visit my dad and my oldest daughter, Lindsay to celebrate a belated Christmas with them. However, please do not hesitate to contact our office on Church Street at 667-9812. My constituency assistant, Melanie, will certainly lend some assistance and ensure I get all my messages upon my return.
Best wishes to all of you in 2010.