Dexter wins on jobs and health in leaders’ debate

September 25, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) Following tonight’s leaders’ debate on CBC, NDP President David Wallbridge said it was clear the NDP is the only party with a clear plan to take Nova Scotia forward and said Stephen McNeil’s inability to answer the moderator’s questions underscores the risk of the Liberals’ schemes for Nova Scotia.

“Tonight, more than anything, I think it became clear to Nova Scotians that the NDP have the only strong plan to create jobs and protect and strengthen health care,” said Wallbridge. “Throughout the debate, Mr. McNeil was either unable or unwilling to answer the most basic questions about what they would do to improve health care or protect jobs.”

“He had no answer when he was told the health superboard in Alberta failed to save money. He could not name a single renewable energy company that would come on board under his energy deregulation scheme. And he could not say if he would have invested in shipbuilding or in Port Hawkesbury,” said Wallbridge.

Wallbridge said when pushed on those issues McNeil seemed frustrated and angry, talking over other candidates and interrupting the moderators.

“Mr. McNeil is recycling old failed ideas not winning ones like CECs. The NDP are the answer for Nova Scotians who want better access to health care in their communities, more stable electricity rates and good jobs here at home.”

The NDP will: deliver better health care where and when people need it, fight for good jobs and stronger communities, keep the HST off home energy and take it off more family essentials, give our kids a better start, stand up for seniors, build the Maritime Link and keep the budget balanced to protect services for families.

Election day is Tuesday, October 8.