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Liberal leader brings message to Cumberland County

AMHERST Nova Scotia voters are ahead of the politicians, says the provinces Liberal leader.

AMHERST Nova Scotia voters are ahead of the politicians, says the provinces Liberal leader.

When we were going into the last election, Nova Scotians were not believing any of us, Stephen McNeil said Tuesday night in his address to the Cumberland North Liberal Association. That election was about incumbency. It was about sending the men and women who represented those ridings back to Halifax because they didnt believe any of our parties when we told them what we were going to do.

McNeil told the 30 party-faithful all parties mistakenly were trying to solve everything that was wrong with the province.

In a speech aimed to encouraging local Liberals to begin organizing for an election and to get involved in the partys ongoing policy building sessions, McNeil then laid out the basis to where he, after five months as party leader, hopes to take the Liberals who are looking to climb out of third place in the provincial legislature.

We will speak to what we believe are the most important issues to Nova Scotians, he said. The ones that we have realistic solutions for.

After drawing applause from the crowd, McNeil turned his attention to the governing Tories, criticizing their handling of the Atlantic Accord and the health care crisis.

Why was it that (Rodney MacDonald) was putting the interests of Stephen Harper ahead of Nova Scotians? he asked, before quickly answering his own question. Its becoming very clear to me why. He is doing exactly to Nova Scotians what Stephen Harper is to Canada. Hes looking for a divisive issue.

McNeil said MacDonald is focused on anti-strike legislation for medical professionals. Something, he added, that is unnecessary because he believes the collective bargaining system is working.

That is not the issue in the health care crisis, he said. ER closures from one end of this province to the other is a crisis. Over 5,000 hours this year alone in ER closures and what are we fighting over? A strike that lasted less that 24 hours.

Organizations: Cumberland North Liberal Association

Geographic location: Nova Scotians, Cumberland County, Halifax Canada

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