Nova Scotians are worse off because of Liberal broken promises

October 21, 2015

Nova Scotians who trusted Stephen McNeil to keep his election promises have “been let down by the Premier,” says NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald. She made the comments on the eve of the 2-year anniversary of the McNeil government’s swearing-in.

“It’s not just that these broken promises call into question the Premier’s credibility, but they’ve had a negative impact on the lives of many Nova Scotians,” says MacDonald. “Screen industry professionals, health care workers, students, seniors, not-for-profit organizations, new graduates, people suffering from mental illness and families struggling to make ends meet are worse off today than they were two years ago because of this Liberal government. They are rightfully disappointed that Stephen McNeil has not been the Premier he promised to be.”

The list of Liberal broken promises includes the following:

Cut the film tax credit after promising to extend it for five years;
• Allowed Nova Scotia Power to hide Efficiency Nova Scotia fee on power bills after promising to force shareholders to pay for that cost;
• Took away the right to strike from health care workers with Bills 30 and 37, after running ads promising to respect their “hard earned collective rights”;
• Did not update the Continuing Care strategy in spite of promise to do so “immediately,” instead they cut funding to nursing homes and placed a moratorium on long term care beds;
• Removed cap and allowed highest tuition increase in Canada and eliminated the Graduate Retention Rebate after promising to “work to make university more affordable”;
• Cut funding to organizations such as Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, Hope Blooms and the CNIB after Liberal platform promised to develop “multi-year funding agreements” with not-for-profits;
• Nova Scotia has worst wait times for hip and knee replacement surgeries in Canada after Liberals made platform commitment to reduce them;
• Rejected their own promise to make 30 day timeline for freedom of information requests legally binding;
• They did not break Nova Scotia’s Power monopoly;
• Gave $22 million to RBC after promising to end “corporate handouts”;
• Spent $5 million on severances to health authority executives after promising DHA amalgamation would save $13 million annually, they later admitted the promise was “oversimplified.”

On September 7, 2013 during his campaign kickoff, Stephen McNeil told a gathering of supporters “I’m not going to tell Nova Scotians something to earn their vote that I’m not prepared to deliver on in the next day after the election.” McNeil reiterated this commitment to a national CBC audience on October 9, 2013, telling Evan Solomon he would not be a Premier that says “things are worse than I thought they were so I have to break this promise.”

MacDonald adds, “Perhaps Stephen McNeil’s two biggest broken promises were telling Nova Scotians he could be trusted to keep his commitments and that he wouldn’t make excuses if he didn’t. For the last two years it has been nothing but broken promises and finger-pointing from this Liberal government.”