NDP will reverse cuts to Pictou County and Strait Region nursing homes

April 21, 2017

For Immediate Release

NEW GLASGOW – NDP Leader Gary Burrill will make a platform announcement this afternoon at a nomination meeting in Pictou County.  Burrill will announce that an NDP government will reverse Stephen McNeil’s cuts to nursing homes in Pictou County and across the Strait region.  Burrill is in Pictou County for the nomination of Deborah Stiles in Pictou East and will travel to Upper Big Tracadie this evening for the nomination of Marney Simmons in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie.

“The McNeil Liberals cut over $1.1 million from 11 nursing homes in Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough, Richmond and Inverness counties,” said Burrill. “This has meant lower food quality, less recreational programming for seniors, and fewer staff to care for residents.  What kind of a government cuts funding for seniors’ care?”

The NDP plan will see over $8 million invested in seniors’ care around the province, including re-investing $1,162,180 in the 11 nursing homes that had funding reduced in Pictou County and the Strait region.

“Our seniors deserve better,” said Henderson Paris, NDP candidate in Pictou Centre. “We all know someone who lives in a nursing home. As a former Chair of Glen Haven Manor, I have seen first-hand the genuine and professional care delivered by the staff and administration there. This is home for many seniors and they deserve to have the best quality of care. Cutting funding to our seniors is disrespectful and morally wrong.”

“It is deeply troubling that all three Liberal MLAs in the Strait region voted to cut funding to nursing homes two years in a row,” said Moraig Macgillivray, NDP candidate in Antigonish. “We all deserve dignity and respect at the end of our lives. Balancing a budget on our seniors’ backs is simply unacceptable.”

Burrill will speak at 4:00 pm at the Plymouth Community Centre for the nomination of Deborah Stiles, and again at 7 pm at the Upper Big Tracadie Community Hall for the nomination of Marney Simmons.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Interviews with Gary Burrill can be arranged by phone throughout the day. For more information please contact Mike Poworoznyk at (902) 225-7777 or provsec@nsndp.ca


List of nursing home cuts:

Maritime Odd Fellows Home – Pictou – $73,543

Glen Haven Manor – New Glasgow – $273,249

Valley View Villa – Stellarton – $151,361

RK MacDonald Guest Home – Antigonish – $136,366

High-Crest Sherbrooke Home for Special Care – Sherbrooke – $85,560

Milford Haven – Guysborough – $72,138

Canso Seaside Manor – Canso – $23,181

Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home – Port Hawkesbury – $115,194

St Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre – Arichat – $36,670

Richmond Villa – St Peter’s – $112,793

Foyer Pere Fiset – Cheticamp – $82,125

Total: $1,162,180