Liberals Fumble the Fall Session

November 20, 2014

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says the fall sitting of the legislature turned into a comedy of errors as the Liberal government fumbled the ball on a number of important issues.

“It’s obvious the government is overwhelmed with the amalgamation of district health authorities and the effects are starting to show,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald says an increase in long term care and home care wait lists as well as Health Minister Leo Glavine’s flip flop on flavoured tobacco are just a few examples of where the Liberals have dropped the ball.

During the session the NDP Caucus introduced more than a dozen bills related to health care, jobs, and support for vulnerable Nova Scotians. Labour critic Frank Corbett introduced a bill to guarantee jobs for apprentices and new grads when government contracts are awarded. Health critic Dave Wilson introduced legislation to expand supports for emergency responders suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Yesterday the Liberal government announced it was considering a number of changes to Nova Scotia’s tax system including tax breaks for big corporations, tax hikes for low income seniors and charging HST on home heat and family essentials like children’s clothing and diapers. The HST was removed from these items by the NDP in 2010.

“The Liberal government needs to return its focus to creating more jobs, better health care and services for Nova Scotians,” said MacDonald.