Programs and services at risk with Liberal reviews

October 6, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) Premier Darrell Dexter says Nova Scotians should be wary of Stephen McNeil’s plan to cut millions of dollars from government departments and review a wide variety of programs and services that families depend on.

“The last time the Liberals were in government and promised to do sweeping reviews the result was sweeping cuts to programs and services that hurt seniors and families in this province,” said Dexter.

“Now Stephen McNeil is promising to do more reviews including our Collaborative Emergency Centres, our kids education curriculum, our nursing strategy and programs that support small businesses owners and entrepreneurs.”

Dexter says the last time the Liberal government reviewed such programs the end result was cuts, cuts and more cuts.

The Second Report issued by the Government of Nova Scotia Program Review Committee under Liberal Premier John Savage recommended to ‘Terminate all Seven Small Business Assistance Grants’ including the Black Entrepreneurs Program, Disabled Entrepreneurs Program, Rural Industry Program, Women Entrepreneurs Program, Consulting Assistance Program and the Women’s Business Development Program.

It also recommended terminating ‘all six Business Futures programs immediately’ and terminating ‘all four of the Mainstreet/Village Square Programs’.

“These are exactly the kinds of cuts Nova Scotians can except if a Liberal government has an opportunity to ‘review’ again,” said the NDP leader.

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.

 Election day is Tuesday, October 8.