Vingoe challenges Rowe to do the math

October 7, 2013

(Dartmouth, N.S.) NDP Dartmouth South Candidate Mary Vingoe is challenging former newsman Allan Rowe to double check his party’s facts.

The Liberals have been running television ads for more than a year with false information. The Chronicle Herald reported the Liberal attack ad on investments in jobs contained exaggerated figures and mistruths.

“As a respected former journalist I would think that Mr. Rowe would want to make sure the platform he is running on contains nothing but hard facts, something I am sure he would demand as a news reporter,” says Vingoe.

The ad claims Bowater Pulp and Paper collected $50 million from the provincial government. In fact that money was paid back to the province when a deal to save the mill wasn’t reached. However the Liberals included that amount anyway.

The Liberal ad lists $10million paid out to Imperial Oil, another untruth. That was a municipal tax break not a provincial grant, despite what the Liberals would have you believe.

The ad also includes $161 million to Stern Partners to keep the Point Tupper paper mill open. The truth is, $37 million was used to keep the mill in “hot idle” while a deal to save the jobs was in the works. The remainder of the money will only be paid out over a 10-year period if specific job targets are met.

The biggest untruth in the ad concerns the investment in the Halifax Shipyard. The Liberal ad claims $304 million has been paid out. Again, not true – $44 million of this amount is a repayable loan, the remainder is forgivable only if job targets are met.

“I am so glad we have a Premier who stands on the side of the workers and their families and fights for jobs in Nova Scotia,” says Vingoe.

“If Allan Rowe and Liberals get their way all of those jobs will go elsewhere and Liberals will hang a “closed for business” sign on Nova Scotia.”

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.