O’Leary should stick to de­bat­ing fel­low Con­ser­va­tives: premier

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX — Premier Stephen McNeil says Conservative lead­er­ship hope­ful Kevin O’Leary should be fo­cused on de­bat­ing is­sues with his fel­low Tories af­ter the re­al­ity TV star at­tacked him in an “open let­ter.’’ McNeil was re­spond­ing to the let­ter posted on O’Leary’s Face­book page, in which he slammed the Lib­eral premier for the state of the prov­ince’s econ­omy. O’Leary said he spoke to many Nova Sco­tians about the poor econ­omy when he was in Hal­i­fax last week­end for a de­bate. He said the prov­ince’s econ­omy is be­ing stran­gled by high taxes and poli­cies that dis­cour­age nat­u­ral gas and oil ex­plo­ration. But McNeil pointed Thurs­day to a num­ber of growth ar­eas, in­clud­ing an in­crease in the prov­ince’s pop­u­la­tion to an all-time high last year and a hike in ex­ports. He said O’Leary should be fo­cused on de­bat­ing is­sues with Con­ser­va­tives who will “ac­tu­ally have a chance to vote on his fu­ture.’’

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