Liberal and Conservative agendas would hurt Nova Scotia families

September 11, 2013

 (Halifax, N.S.) NDP candidate and Minister Maureen MacDonald says the Liberal and Conservative platforms would hurt Nova Scotia families.

“Today is a critical moment in our province,” said MacDonald. “The Liberals and Conservatives are now set on a course that would cause major damage to health care in Nova Scotia.”

Across the province health care workers, community health volunteers and leaders are all sounding the alarm, the McNeil-Baillie super bureaucracy would throw health care into chaos. Some seniors would have to leave their communities for surgeries, emergency rooms would begin shutting their doors again, and some expecting mothers would have to travel to regional centres for child birth.

“Putting health care decisions into the hands of high paid bureaucrats would cause chaos in health delivery, there is no other way to put it. The other parties would take Nova Scotia back to the dark days of cuts, closures and lost jobs, the days when the Liberals closed 1,600 hospital beds and got rid of 1,000 nurses, back to the days when Conservatives forced mass resignations by nurses and health care workers.”

MacDonald says Nova Scotia should keep moving forward with the NDP’s plan for better care which is dramatically reducing emergency room closures and giving people access to the care they need when and where they need it.

“McNeil makes no mention in his platform of how he would address emergency room closures. He has been highly critical of Collaborative Emergency Centres which have been very successful and that’s a huge concern for many families throughout our province,” said MacDonald.

“The only direction Stephen McNeil and Jamie Baillie would take Nova Scotians is backward, to exactly where our province had been stuck for more than a decade.”

When Baillie was Chief of Staff he oversaw the second largest increase in health administration: Baillie allowed a 31% increase in administration spending in his first full year as Chief of Staff.

Under Baillie and the Conservatives, health administration spending skyrocketed to among the highest in Canada by 2009. In contrast, the NDP cut health administration more than any other province in the country since 2009. The NDP is also cutting 19 vice president and executive positions.

MacDonald says there are many other examples of how a Liberal and Conservative government would hurt families.

“McNeil wouldn’t have supported the ship building contract and Baillie would cancel funding that helps create good jobs for families in our province. Those are decisions that would hurt people who want to stay here in our province, close to their families,” said MacDonald.

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.