Liberals must stop ignoring economy

August 15, 2014

NDP MLA Dave Wilson says the Liberals’ complete lack of action on economic development and job creation is troubling in light of new numbers released by Statistics Canada today.

In the month of July, Nova Scotia lost over 5,000 full-time jobs and the unemployment rate increased from 8.7% to 9.4%.

Wilson wants to know why months after the Ivany Commission advised that a “now or never” attitude was needed to grow Nova Scotia’s economy, the Premier is still taking a wait and see approach.

“It’s been almost a year and the province still hasn’t received a plan to create jobs from Stephen McNeil,” said Wilson. “In fact, in April the government announced the creation of the Invest Nova Scotia fund to ‘advance Nova Scotia’s economy’, but the Liberals haven’t bothered to appoint a board to manage it yet. I’d like to know how many opportunities Nova Scotia has missed as a result of Liberal inaction?”

Along with the failure to appoint the Invest Nova Scotia board, Wilson says it’s troubling the Liberals have yet to appoint a permanent CEO for NSBI and that last week the Premier refused to hold a oneNS Coalition meeting to address the recent BCE takeover off Bell Aliant.

“I’m worried what future job numbers will look like if the Liberals continue to just cross their fingers and hope for the best when it comes to the economy,” said Wilson. “It’s pretty telling that a few weeks ago the Finance Minister mentioned four developments that had the potential to grow the economy and they were all projects started under the previous government. You would think that after a year the Liberals would be able to take credit for something, but that’s not the case.”