Stephen McNeil will hang no to jobs sign on Nova Scotia

October 3, 2013

(Halifax, N.S) Today Premier Darrell Dexter said parents and young people should be concerned about getting a good job here at home when Stephen McNeil says he would stop competing for jobs and hang a closed for business sign on the province.

“Parents want their kids to have opportunities to find a good job and stay here. Young people want to see that they have a future here. As Premier, I will continue to fight for good jobs so parents know their kids can find a good job and work, live and raise a family here at home,” said Dexter.

Stephen McNeil’s position means Nova Scotia would be the only province in the country not competing for good jobs. Every other Premier in the country is fighting to bring jobs to their province, yet McNeil will allow Nova Scotia to fall behind.

“Nova Scotia is on pace to pass Ontario and Quebec in economic growth. Mr. McNeil’s do-nothing approach for jobs will stop that progress dead in its tracks. It will force parents to say goodbye to their kids as they move away, take the province backwards to the worst economic growth in the country and send a sign to employers that Nova Scotia is closed for business,” said the NDP leader.

“Mr. McNeil is wrong on jobs. He doesn’t understand that we are living in a global economy and if we are not out fighting and competing for every job, they will go somewhere else and our young people will be forced to go too.”

In the September 27th edition of The Chronicle Herald, Mr. McNeil said: “We’ve made it clear that there would be no grants from a Liberal government. There would be repayable loans” and the province would only be the lender of last resort.

That means strong Nova Scotia employers would not have received the investment and support they needed to expand and create more jobs in Nova Scotia.

“Today, Mr. McNeil is visiting LED Roadway and Scotsburn Dairy, two of the many employers that received the kind of investment in jobs from the NDP that Mr. McNeil has said he will stop. Stephen McNeil’s do-nothing approach would mean less jobs in those communities,” said Dexter.

“I’m asking Nova Scotians to vote for their NDP candidate and keep fighting for more jobs so parents and their kids know they have a future right here at home,” said Dexter.

“Why would Nova Scotians say yes to Stephen McNeil when he keep saying no to them?”

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 say is Tuesday, October 8.