Gas decision another blow to Skabar

Staff ~ The Amherst Citizen
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Brian Skabar must be wondering when he will ever get the chance to deliver good news to his riding, rather than answer for broken promises and unpopular decisions for Cumberland North.
The area's first NDP MLA made a huge breakthrough when he was elected last June, but has been sailing some rough seas ever since, starting with his government's admission that it could not balance the province's books as soon as it hoped.
Then came the decision for the new jail, which Amherst and Springhill had been fighting over. The government broke up this fight nicely when it announced the new facility would not be located in Cumberland County at all.
Now comes this week's announcement from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board that there will be no changes to gas prices for border areas, which Skabar had lobbied for, meaning Amherst will continue to watch motorists head to New Brunswick for cheaper gas.
While no one can lay the blame for these decisions entirely at Skabar's feet. his government has done him no favours.
Now for a correction. In the March 20 editorial, "A fair and balanced response to Duffy," criticism was leveled at Duffy and CTV Atlantic anchor Steve Murphy for airing restarts of an interview with former Liberal leader Stephane Dion during the 2008 election.
In fact, it was not Murphy's decision to air the restarts, but rather a decision by senior staff while Murphy was still on the air, according to Jay Witherbee, director of news and public affairs. So our criticism should have been leveled not at Murphy, who here receives our apology, but at his bosses.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: Cumberland North, Cumberland County, New Brunswick

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