MacDonald: Time to examine Liberal policies vs. platitudes

September 30, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP candidate and Minister Maureen MacDonald says with less than 10 days to go in the Nova Scotia provincial election campaign there are a few questions voters should ask themselves before heading to the ballot booth.

“The Liberals are promising a lot of platitudes but the reality is their policies don’t come close to fulfilling those platitudes,” said MacDonald. “It’s time for Nova Scotians to ask the tough questions and get the answers that really explain what Liberal policies will mean for themselves and their families.”

MacDonald says questions on voters minds should include:

1. Will Liberal energy policies really make my power bill cheaper?

2. Will throwing health into chaos with the creation of a super bureaucracy help patient care?

3. Will saying no to thousands of jobs, like the shipbuilding jobs, improve lives for families?

MacDonald says the answers to those questions are no, no and NO.

“I hope Nova Scotians will think critically and realize Stephen McNeil’s schemes do nothing to address the challenges facing families in Nova Scotia. In fact, his schemes will take attention away from where the focus really needs to be when it comes to better health care, energy and jobs.”

McNeil talks a good game when it comes to power rates but his scheme to allow renewable energy producers sell to consumers will do nothing to lower people’s power bills, says MacDonald. In fact, New Brunswick recently abandoned the same scheme after it failed to work in that province.

MacDonald says Nova Scotia Power owns the electricity transmission system which means any renewable energy company that wants to use NSP’s grid to sell power to customers would have to pay to do so first. That fee would be passed on to customers. Since renewable energy is already more expensive than fossil fuels there is no way that ‘breaking NSP’s monopoly’ will lead to cheaper power bills.

The Liberals also want to create a health superboard but in places like Alberta and New Brunswick superboards have increased administration costs instead of creating savings. This means instead of having more money to invest in front line health care the Liberals will have less money and will have disrupted the entire health care system in the process leading to worse care, not better for families.

“McNeil said last week he wanted to take health delivery back to 1999. How does going back to a time of cuts, closures and lost jobs in health going to help deliver better services for patients? The answer is it won’t.”

MacDonald also says the Liberals’ approach to job creation means jobs would be flocking to many other provinces and states, but certainly not Nova Scotia.

“Nearly every other jurisdiction in Canada and the United States uses incentives to attract and keep good jobs. Incentive packages require a company to create a certain number of jobs so that the province and taxpayers get their investment back through tax dollars. If Stephen McNeil says no to incentive packages it will be harder, not easier to find a good job in this province,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald says small and medium sized businesses, not just ‘big corporations’, would be hurt by the Liberal position on job creation.

“Government routinely works with businesses of all sizes and offers incentives to help grow their businesses and create good jobs here. Stephen McNeil’s position will hurt our entrepreneurs.”

MacDonald says she hopes Nova Scotians will look closely at the Liberal policies and tune out Liberal platitudes when it comes time to cast their ballot.

“We have a Premier with a vision for better future for today’s families and a plan to get us there. The NDP will continue to fighting for good jobs in this province, improving front line health care with more collaborative emergency centres and nurses managed clinics and securing our energy future with tax free, local, reliable, clean energy from sources like the Maritime Link.”

Election day is Tuesday, October 8.