By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax
HALIFAX - Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said his party will give the Liberals a “chance to govern” and carry out the ideas which won them the provincial election, before he makes any critical statements.
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Jaime Baillie, right, leads the PC Party's first caucus meeting after last week's election made them the official opposition.
Baillie spoke with reporters before the new PC caucus met on Tuesday, and said he was looking forward to tackling his new role as leader of the official Opposition.
“We feel like we made a big step forward,” Baillie said. “But we’re going to represent all Nova Scotians, regardless of how they voted, in encouraging the government to do the right things to get Nova Scotia going again.”
Baillie said he respects the voters’ decision to elect a majority Liberal government, who were elected in 33 of the province’s 51 ridings.
He said the PC’s will support any initiatives that save people money, but won’t fail to hold the Liberals accountable.
“We’re not just going to criticize for the sake of criticisizing, we want to give them a chance to govern,” Baillie said.
He said the Tories remains focused on cutting the Nova Scotia debt, stopping increases in electricity, and bringing down the HST, like they were during the campaign push.
Although the PC’s have only one seat in HRM (Larry Harrison for Colchester- Musquodoboit Valley), Baillie said his party represents all citizens equally.
As a leader, he said he has one foot in Halifax and understands the urban issues.
“We did make some significant inroads,” Baillie said about the results in HRM. “Our share of the vote in metro went up substantially.”
Baillie said he’d welcome Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil to take a page out of the PC platform if he saw any ideas that would work for the province.