Premier visits Truro, discusses flood issues

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TRURO - Premier Darrell Dexter says knowing more about flooding issues in the Truro area will ultimately benefit other parts of the province.

Premier Darrell Dexter was in Truro on Friday afternoon to speak with local politicians about area flooding and flood prevention projects, including, from left, Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor, county Coun. Ron Cavanaugh, Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River-Millbrook MLA Lenore Zann, Dexter, environmental technology consultant Rod MacLennan, Truro Mayor Bill Mills and county CAO Ramesh Ummat talked along the Salmon River.

UPDATED - The premier spent some time in town on Friday afternoon, mostly to discuss flooding issues and related flood prevention programs with local politicians.

"It's a year later ... we had to get to Truro again. If we can figure out a good process here we can apply it to other areas," said Dexter while standing along the edge of the Salmon River near the Tim Hortons soccer field across from Cobequid Educational Centre. Dexter was in the area last September after the two major floods.

Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor said it’s “important for (Dexter) to see the results” of the joint efforts by the town, council and province since last year’s two major floods. There has been numerous projects undertaken in flood mitigation, including work on the dikes, retention ponds, and removing major gravel bars in the Salmon River, to name a few projects.

“This meeting with (Dexter) was arranged before the election was called, two or three weeks ago,” Taylor told the Truro Daily News. “The premier promised lots of departments would be involved (in flood mitigation) and he’s brought them together with the town and county … he’s done that.”

While in town, Dexter discussed other issues with the Truro Daily News. When asked how he deals with disgruntled voters, Dexter said there have been great strides made in the province. For example, he said, the province has the highest credit rating in Nova Scotia’s history, the province is experiencing the highest amount of foreign investment in many years and, according to Statistics Canada, the amount of low-income people has decreased by 10 per cent.

“I believe Nova Scotia is stronger today than four years ago,” said Dexter.

“We’ve had four very difficult years,” he said, including being “left with a huge budget and deficit that in part was due to past governments” as well as a revenue decline because of the recession a few years ago.

“We are investing in things important to people,” added Dexter.

When asked about education cuts, a situation that angered and frustrated many people, Dexter said the province worked in tandem with schools boards and that the cuts were “self-imposed.”

He added there have been positive developments in education, including work towards the creation of more hub centres, which would encourage the use of school buildings for both education and community needs.

Dexter also said there have been programs, such as school supply initiatives, that the government has also contributed to.

As for the who will come out victorious on Oct. 8 when voters go to the polls, Dexter stopped short of saying he believes he will continue to be premier but said he “feels very good” and is “working hard” with the hopes to winning the election.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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The premier spent some time in town on Friday afternoon, mostly to discuss flooding issues and related flood prevention programs with local politicans.

"It's a year later ...we had to get to Truro again. If we can figure out a good process here we can apply it to other areas," said Dexter while standing along the edge of the Salmon River near the Tim Hortons field across from Cobequid Educational Centre.  

Dexter discussed other issues with the Truro Daily News, including cuts to the education system, how the election is going and improvements made in the province during the past four years.

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Organizations: Tim Hortons, Cobequid Educational Centre, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Salmon River

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  • Jake
    September 14, 2013 - 09:38

    So, they've done actual work on the Salmon River? That comes as a total revelation to myself and everyone in *my* neighbourhood! We've not seen even one guy with a shovel. Apparently, the "remediation" is only where it can be seen during an election. Don't believe a word of it.