Corbett: Stephen McNeil just doesn’t understand apprenticeship in Nova Scotia

September 5, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett says while he’s flattered Stephen McNeil copied much of the NDP’s apprenticeship program it shows the Liberals are void of new ideas.

Today the Liberals committed to a new apprenticeship program if elected. The key pillar of the Liberal proposal is to allow apprenticeship “hours earned elsewhere to count towards accreditation requirements in Nova Scotia,”.

Corbett said this is a government practice that has been in place for years. After several attempts by government officials to explain this to McNeil he just doesn’t get it.

“In 2009 the Liberals used the ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse for their election platform and that came back to bite them. Maybe this time around they decided it would be easier to just steal someone else’s homework and try and take credit for it,” said Corbett.

Corbett says the government’s industry led effort to improve the apprenticeship program is already well under way.

“People in the trades know what they need to boost apprenticeships in Nova Scotia. We listened to their recommendations and are implementing those. Once again the Liberals are off the mark and have no original ideas of their own. I suggest they read the government’snews release to help them understand what’s already happening.”