McNeil’s energy schemes fit for the pit – NSP Shouldn’t be in Charge of Efficiency

September 9, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP candidate Mat Whynott says Liberal leader Stephen McNeil doesn’t understand his own energy schemes including the risk they pose for Nova Scotians.

“When pressed Stephen McNeil can’t tell you how his energy schemes will benefit Nova Scotians. The answer is they won’t,” said Whynott. “McNeil’s scheme to introduce deregulation and put NSP in charge of energy efficiency would be disastrous for families who are already struggling to pay their bills.”

“Efficiency Nova Scotia saved Nova Scotians $100 million last year. With McNeil those savings would be at risk.”

Whynott says McNeil also can’t be trusted to keep the HST off energy.

“We know that McNeil and the Liberals have voted to put the HST on home energy eight different times. Their record tells us they can’t be trusted,” said Whynott.

When asked by a reporter in a scrum today how deregulation would reduce electricity costs for businesses large and small McNeil wasn’t able to provide a clear rationale.

“McNeil’s scheme has already been tried and failed in places like New Brunswick. It’s time for McNeil to recognize that his energy schemes are fit for the pit.”

Whynott says Nova Scotians also need to be wary of how McNeil would reduce the HST.

“The Liberals are the party of cuts, hospital bed closures and lost jobs. I don’t believe for a second the Liberals will reduce the HST but if they do Nova Scotians can expect to see wage freezes, lay offs and deep cuts to services just like we saw with previous Liberal governments.”

The NDP paid down debt, one of only seven times in N.S. history.

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.