County must work together to be competitive

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To the editor,
With the heartbreaking news of job losses in our county this week, it is time to seriously change the way in which we operate in Pictou County. 

With six municipal units and 45 elected officials representing 46,000 people, Pictou County is clearly over-governed, over-relegated, over-burdened and over-taxed.

It is time to do more than just talk about amalgamation, and do something concrete to achieve it. We would be more economically competitive if we were working together to attract business, industry and tourism to our beautiful region in a united and focused voice.

Young people, myself included, want to live and work in Pictou County; but without viable jobs and meaningful pay it is becoming more and more difficult to stay in our region. It is time for our municipal politicians to put aside their differences, come together and declare Pictou County united and open for jobs and business. If we do not make a “Made in Pictou County” solution soon, the damage of doing nothing will be irreversible.

Tyler Cameron

Thorburn

Geographic location: Pictou County

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  • Mark
    March 08, 2014 - 10:10

    I think that Tyler is correct.We need to reduce management reduce individual services to just one group.I believe that a huge thing in Pictou County is that property evaluations on housing is a huge problem.I think there needs to be better look at what people are paying for there taxes.New housing is being taxed extremely.In either to reduce taxes we have to share the taxes.by doing this it invites people to want to live and do business.By growing we can then reduce more as our county grows. Electricity rates will never go down.Gas prices will not go down .Jobs will increase and so will wages as we grow but if we dont tend to the Pictou County "garden" all will go to dust. People have the power to make change all we have to is vote.

  • glenn Macleod
    March 08, 2014 - 09:58

    I agree Tyler, but at the same time our political and business leaders must come together and create a solid plan for businesse

  • Juan Pablo
    March 07, 2014 - 18:56

    Why does everyone think one municipal government is going to solve the problems of Pictou county??? How about lower taxes, fuel costs, wages, and power. The cost of doing business in Nova Scotia is simply too high whether it's one unit or six.

    • Danny
      March 08, 2014 - 18:27

      Amalgamation is not a magic bullet. It will not solve the problems facing rural Nova Scotia. It did not work in other jurisdictions in terms of economic savings. It will not save money. It may help us plan better as a region. It will not increase the demand for smaller size tires, the reason for Michelin doing the massive layoffs. Amalgamation will not change the global economic system thst is destroying any resemblance of a a fair and equitable society. Some people here in Pictou County seem to think amalgamation will slove all our ills, I'm afraid it will solve very few, if any. I personally like having a lot of politicians for a small region, makes them much more assessible and as a result accountable. Plus different regions have different needs and thus should have different representation. Shared services is a much better answer in my opinion, although that too will not change the global demand for smaller sized tires. It just seems that any negative news that hits Pictou County is hijacked to try and promote amalgamation. I like small local representation where your neighbour is your politician. I also don't understand how a people can be over governed. The more representation the better, especially for the relatively small wages our local municipal politicians earn.