Closure of provincial courts another blow to rural Nova Scotia

April 13, 2015

(Shelburne, NS) NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau says the closure of satellite courts in seven communities is another blow to rural Nova Scotia. He says it’s clear that encouraging rural outmigration has become an official policy of the McNeil government.

The McNeil government’s second budget released last week includes the closure of satellite courts in Barrington, Comeauville, Liverpool, Lunenburg, Port Hood, Guysborough and Baddeck.

“Hardly a day goes by when the McNeil government doesn’t announce it is cutting a job in a Nova Scotia town,” says Belliveau. “First it closed community services offices, then it laid off provincial park workers, then it closed visitor information centres and now it is closing provincial courts. The elimination of these services and jobs is making it more and more difficult for people to stay in rural communities.”

He adds, “The worst part is the combined savings of all these cuts is tiny when compared the impact they have on families and seniors.”