NDP give McNeil government’s spring performance a thumbs down

May 12, 2015

NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald says Nova Scotia is in worse shape than it was just eight weeks ago due to a series of bad decisions by the McNeil government. She made the comments following the completion of the spring sitting of the legislature earlier tonight.

“This is a government that has proven time and time again that it would rather pick fights and abuse its majority than make sound decisions that strengthen Nova Scotia communities,” says MacDonald. “Just look at what has happened with the film tax credit. Instead of taking the time to consult with the screen industry to develop a plan to support and create new jobs, Stephen McNeil hastily slashed the credit placing a valuable and prosperous industry at risk.”

The freeze of the health care budget, a moratorium on new long-term care beds and cuts to dozens of not-for-profit organizations that support vulnerable Nova Scotia will also have a negative and long-lasting impact.

“This is a government that has done nothing but create chaos in our health care system since the moment it took office and freezing the budget is only going to make things worse,” says MacDonald. “Just look at how slow it was to react to the cancellation of almost 500 surgeries due to contaminated equipment. Ensuring quality patient care and support for families and seniors should be priorities.

MacDonald is also extremely concerned about the impact Bill 100 will have on universities and she is fearful of the consequences of the McNeil government’s decision to remove the tuition cap.

“The government should be looking to improve our post-secondary institutions but instead it’s created uncertainty and unrest by attacking faculty, staff and students,” adds MacDonald.

In spite of the confusion brought to Province House by the McNeil government’s mishandling of the spring budget, the NDP were able to introduce many bills designed to improve life for Nova Scotia families. They include whistleblower protection legislation for teachers and health care workers, a bill to provide nurse to patient ratios, legislation to ensure universities have clear sexual assault policies in place, a bill to allow for provincial consultation on environmental racism, and Gordie Gosse’s bill to provide the HPV vaccine to boys and young men.

“Our job as an opposition caucus is to hold the government accountable and to provide solutions to the problems affecting Nova Scotians. Regardless of how poorly the McNeil government performs we are going to keep bringing forward good ideas for the consideration of our elected house of assembly,” says MacDonald