Cuts to ed­u­ca­tion hyp­o­crit­i­cal

The Queens County Advance - - EDITORIAL -

Mr. Premier I’m at a loss for words. First you or­der across the board ed­u­ca­tion cuts for all School Boards. Then when the school boards ini­ti­ate pro­gram/teacher/li­brar­ian cuts you com­plain where they are cut­ting eg Chignecto Board. What’s up? Didn’t your gov­ern­ment cut fund­ing leav­ing the boards no choice to cut work­ers?

You are, sir, a hyp­ocrite to say the least. Then, as premier, you or­der a school be built in your rid­ing, de­spite no rec­om­men­da­tion from the school board. What’s up? Where’s the aus­ter­ity pro­gram for Cole Har­bour? Crass pol­i­tics!

How can vot­ers take your gov­ern­ment se­ri­ously when you hand out “gifts” of close to $400 mil­lion to three com­pa­nies...bowa­ter (Res­o­lute), New Page and Irv­ing. At the same time you re­duce health and ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing. Thereby re­duc­ing good pay­ing jobs in ru­ral Nova Sco­tia. I might add a vast ma­jor­ity of these jobs are held by women. Speak­ing of the $400 mil­lion in gifts to cor­po­ra­tions...if no gifts had been made Nova Sco­tia would be in a sur­plus this year and no cuts would be nec­es­sary for health and ed­u­ca­tion.

Its time Mr. Dex­ter to stop play­ing loose and free with tax pay­ers money by “gift­ing” na­tional and multi na­tional cor­po­ra­tions. Pay at­ten­tion to the needs of Nova Sco­tia school chil­dren and all cit­i­zens re health care. Stop be­ing our Stephen Harper. Stop re­form­ing our prov­ince to mir­ror a re­pub­li­can state.

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