McNeil government preventing mental health, hub school discussions

July 28, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald is calling on the Premier to explain why he’s allowing Liberal members of the provincial Human Resources Committee to prevent important topics from being discussed before the committee.

“It’s clear that any topic that will highlight issues the Premier is struggling with are being prevented from coming forward for discussion,” says MacDonald.

This morning government backbench MLAs Bill Horne, Joyce Treen, Ben Jessome, Joachim Stroink, and Brendan Maguire all voted against bringing forward mental health and hub schools as topics for future discussion at the Human Resources Committee.

Earlier this spring the Liberal Caucus had themselves submitted the hub school model as a topic for discussion. MacDonald says it’s no coincidence that they’re less interested in discussing the topic now that Chignecto-Central Regional School Board has voted to close three schools that were being proposed as community hubs.

“I’m concerned about the way the committee is working and concerned we will we see even more strong arm tactics by the Premier and his government in the fall sitting of the legislature,” says MacDonald.
MacDonald says the results of the recent by-election inch the McNeil government closer to having a two thirds majority which would allow the Premier to dictate the rules of the house, what gets debated and for how long.