Liberals place politics ahead of public interest

May 13, 2015

On the eve of three by-elections the McNeil government has shut down the provincial Public Accounts committee.

Earlier today NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald introduced a motion calling on the committee to continue its work over the coming weeks. She also requested that Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) CEO Laurel Broten be called to testify on recent changes to the Film Tax Credit. The Liberals voted against the motion meaning Public Accounts won’t meet on the dates of May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10 and June 17.

Liberal MLA Iain Rankin stated the committee shouldn’t meet because of upcoming by-elections in June. Liberal MLA Joachim Stroink argued that NSBI is currently “scrambled” and he wasn’t sure staff could provide accurate information at this time.

“It would seem Stephen McNeil is more preoccupied with growing his majority and winning by-elections than governing,” says MacDonald. “Public Accounts is designed to hold government departments accountable and ensure the public is getting information about government decisions. The fact that by-elections could soon be called is no excuse for shutting down the work of committees.”

In the past budget the McNeil government eliminated Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia and moved the management of the Film Tax Credit to NSBI.