Questioning the Progressive Conservative comments on provincial budget
There has been a spate of recent criticisms from the PC Party with respect to our Liberal Government’s delivery of their third consecutive balanced budget, but yet also lacking policy alternatives or independent ideas to counter any of the budgetary decisions.
The quote, “Stephen McNeil’s 201819 capital plan was released Tuesday and Springhill was not mentioned.” simply does not represent the facts.
The current capital planning process needed to be improved, our Liberal government is doing just that. This is not overlooking Springhill and their needs. this is a government fixing a system that has been growing more inadequate for years.
There is not a day that goes by without the entire membership of the Cumberland South Liberal Association fighting for the new school in Springhill. We all agree that Springhill desperately needs a new school, and we all are fighting for that, let’s just try not to grab headlines by bending the truth to suit your needs.
From my point of view, as a person seeking the nomination for the Liberal party in Cumberland South, I tend to look at things with a straight forward manner, and ask, “What is in the best interest to meet the needs of Cumberland South?”
From my conversations on doorsteps, that is:
Solutions to ER closures and doctor shortages.
Solutions to education challenges around inclusive education and providing more resources in the classroom, to address those needs.
An increased focus on economic growth based on small business and entrepreneurial opportunity.
Maintenance and renewal of infrastructure, roads, and bridges.
An increased focus on sustainable forestry practices and support for agriculture/aquaculture development.
This budget has addressed all of these issues within the framework of balancing a budget. There is increased funding to attract and retain more doctors and nurse practitioners, for inclusive education, infrastructure and highways, seniors home care, as well as numerous investments to grow our economy, and attract new Nova Scotians to offset our aging population and be able to afford even more investment in the future.
There is harsh criticism over investing in rural high-speed internet expansion and not paying down debt, while rural Nova Scotia is in need of jobs and support for small business and Entrepreneurship. How is a young entrepreneur in Port Greville supposed to market any product with dial up speed internet?
I think that it is everyone’s desire to be able to provide all things for all people at all times, however that is not the reality of living with limited resources. We have to make compromises to deliver the best financial plan for today as well as tomorrow. The facts of our reality in Nova Scotia are that we have an aging population requiring ever increasing Healthcare investment. We have a small population spread over rural geography with the most miles of paved roads and bridges per capita in Canada. That makes infrastructure maintenance and replacement difficult at best. The PC party does not prioritize these facts, and yet criticize lack of funding in Infrastructure, with no viable solution to address the needs.
In my opinion, it is time that we have an honest to goodness old-fashioned debate at The Hall in Parsborro, without finger pointing and exaggerating.
Let’s have the PC Party bring forth its alternatives, along with the supporting budget, and let the people of Nova Scotia decide which is in our best interest, as well as the interest of our future generations.
This exercise would be helpful, creative, and end up with the best result for the people of Nova Scotia. Ultimately, the trick is to have members from both parties working together to implement the best possible result, regardless of who came up with the idea.
This my friends won’t happen overnight, but for now, I will continue to seek what is best for the people of Cumberland South, and for the right to represent them in the upcoming byelection, and I will hope that the PC Party will bring forth honest debate and relative policy alternatives, instead of empty criticism with no plan for a better direction. After all, wouldn’t it be more beneficial to have both future MLA’s in Cumberland County working together from both sides of the floor, for the greater good of our communities?