Liberal actions speak louder than words on seniors

March 30, 2017

For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – NDP Leader Gary Burrill is worried that the new action plan for an aging population to be announced today by the province is just empty words from a Premier desperate to improve his image before an election call.

“The hypocrisy of pretending to be worried about seniors’ wellbeing after cutting $8 million in funding to nursing homes is simply hard to take,” said Burrill. “Cutting funding to nursing homes has meant lower food quality, less programming, and less staff to care for residents. So, Stephen McNeil’s strategy for an aging population, to this date, leaves me very worried for our seniors.”

In addition to cutting $8 million from nursing homes, the Liberals attempted to charge seniors more for access to Seniors’ Pharmacare, after promising not to change the program.  The Liberals also cut funding to community organizations that assist seniors, like the Alzheimer’s Society, and reduced funding for all grant programs in the Department of Seniors by 25% in 2015.

“Now that it is time for an election, Stephen McNeil is trying to hide from his record,” said Burrill.  “Words count, but only when they’ve been accompanied by actions.”

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Gary Burrill will attend the Premier’s announcement at 1 pm in Fall River.

For more information please contact Kyle Buott at (902) 266-2068.