Liberals mislead on NDP job creation
September 24, 2013
(Halifax, N.S.) Premier Darrell Dexter says Stephen McNeil’s attack ads on the NDP have misled Nova Scotians on the issue of job creation and are beneath someone running to be Premier.
“Stephen McNeil is trying to mislead Nova Scotians about our record,” said Dexter. “The Liberals knowingly use wrong information in their ads. That is not acceptable for someone running to be Premier of this province.”
The Liberals and McNeil intentionally manipulated the numbers and claims in their ad to distort the NDP record on creating jobs:
– the Liberals claim that the NDP gave money to Bowater and Imperial. Imperial received no provincial funding and Bowater received less than $1 million for training to benefit its workers – not the $50 million that appears in the Liberal ad.
– the Liberals claim that Port Hawkesbury Paper is “on the brink” – a statement that is not only misleading, it is also an insult to the thousands of families that depend on Nova Scotia’s forestry industry. Port Hawkesbury Paper is now running a profit, and helping employ over 1,000 people.
– the Liberals claim the NDP has given $300 million to the Irving Shipyard. In fact, the company has borrowed only a fraction of that money and only receives money when it creates jobs. No jobs. No money.
– the Liberals claim that the NDP has given $60 million to Daewoo. To date the company has only drawn $46.9 million, $20 million of which was for an ongoing ownership stake in the company.
– the Liberals claim the NDP has just given a total $590 million. In reality, the NDP has invested $191 million, $110 million of which is repayable.
“Statements made by Mr. McNeil show he’s unwilling to fight for good jobs for Nova Scotians. He is also not being forthright,” said Dexter.
“Throughout our term, the NDP has focused on fighting for good jobs for Nova Scotia families. We’ve made it our priority to build a province where Nova Scotians can stay, have a good job, and raise a family.”
“Independent fact checks of Liberal ads on power rates and education have found them both misleading. What does it say about Stephen McNeil that he would knowingly and repeatedly try to mislead Nova Scotians on important issues?”
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.