Month: December 2013

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Job losses, dragging economy unaddressed

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December 16, 2013
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Argyle-Barrington MLA Chris d’Entremont says important issues facing Nova Scotia families remain unaddressed as the Legislature concluded its’ fall sitting.

“Power rates are already sky-high and in January they’re going to be jacked up another three per cent,” said d’Entremont, the Progressive Conservative Energy critic. “The Liberals may have used their majority to wrap up the Legislature, but more work was needed to give families a break and fix our struggling economy.”

d’Entremont says it’s clear the impact of the loss of the Yarmouth ferry is still being felt in the region. In Southern Nova Scotia, 5,600 full-time jobs have been lost in the last four years and the labour force has shrunk by 5,900 people.

“People are facing real hardships because of damage done to our economy over the last four years, the most damaging being the short-sighted decision to cancel the Yarmouth to Maine ferry,” said d’Entremont.

It appears that the Liberal government is serious about getting the service running again, but d’Entremont is concerned about the upcoming tourism season.

“We are at the end of 2013 and there is no concrete marketing plan in place for the new ferry, there are no advertisements to travel to Yarmouth for the 2014 season,” said d’Entremont. “If the government is successful in getting the boat going, there’s a real possibility that there won’t be anyone on it because no one knows it’s there.”

The PC Caucus introduced legislation in its first sitting as the Official Opposition that directly addresses the issues Nova Scotians face. d’Entremont says the PC Caucus will hold the Liberals to account for the promises they made but will work with the new government when possible to make positive change for the people of Nova Scotia.