Local Roads Plan to Help Build a Better Future for Today’s Families

September 9, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) Today, Sept. 8, Premier Darrell Dexter announced the NDP will fight for good jobs and stronger communities by keeping local roads paved and safe for families and seniors to travel.

The NDP will develop Nova Scotia’s first multi-year local roads plan.

Stephen McNeil says the province shouldn’t be paving roads. That would explain why the last Liberal government stopped paving local roads, leaving families to drive on beat up, neglected roads,” said Dexter.

Local Roads at Risk with McNeil and Liberals 

Road paving with the NDP means paying less and paving more,” said the NDP leader. “A multi-year plan means families, community groups and municipalities will know when their roads will be worked on.”

Previous Liberal and Conservative governments had no plan for paving roads. Instead, families were left in the dark wondering when their road would be repaired.

The NDP will use the same open and transparent process used to develop the five year highway plan to make sure local roads get the attention they deserve.

I am grateful for what the NDP has done to make our lives a little easier,” said 81 year-old Dolton Watson of Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. “For the first time in forty years we are finally getting our roads fixed.”

The local roads plan will re-allocate existing resources so there will be no additional costs to Nova Scotians.

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.