Election focus needs to be on job creation
You would have to be living in a cave to not know that there is an upcoming election in Nova Scotia. We are being bombarded with messages on TV, radio, newspapers and social media.
Yes, a lot of us are growling about the state of our province and all the political parties are promising “the sun, the moon and the stars” to get our vote.
The problems are immense. Health care is in crisis on a daily basis.
On Mothers Day, I spent almost 10 hours at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Outpatients because all the other hospitals were closed due to a doctor shortage.
The staff at the Regional were excellent. They were doing their job with great care and compassion but the system is broken. In the olden days, I would pick up the phone and call either John Malcolm or Diane Calvert-Simms to vent my frustration. Now we have a Provincial Health Authority and people just don’t know where to go to get answers.
There is a shortage of nursing home beds in the province. People are living longer and require more care in the latter stages of life. Many older people have children living away who are unable to care for their parents on a daily basis. If you have children living in Cape Breton, consider yourself lucky.
We hear complaints about cutbacks in education. Education is funded on student enrolment and our numbers are declining each year. Therefore, the funding is cut.
What it all boils down to is demographics. Too many of our younger population have moved away for work so we are left with an older population with more needs for health services and nursing home beds. Schools close because of declining enrolment because many of our young people are raising their families elsewhere.
I wish I could look into a crystal ball to see a solution to our economic woes.
Each political party is promising a lot if they are elected but I just don’t know where the money will come from. The province is in serious debt. We need jobs and lots of them. In my humble opinion, job creation should be the major priority for Nova Scotia. Yvonne Kennedy Homeville