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ing open­ing more col­lab­o­ra­tive care cen­tres and freez­ing the pre­mi­ums on phar­ma­care. It’s im­por­tant to look at other, in­no­va­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery mod­els, he said.

“We’re try­ing to de­velop a holis­tic med­i­cal sys­tem that’s not com­pletely and uni­lat­er­ally re­liant on physi­cians, that peo­ple get the care they need and that we can fund a cost ef­fec­tive heath care sys­tem,” Sch­nei­der said.

Sim­ply throw­ing money at the prob­lem of a doc­tor short­age doesn’t seem to work.

“There are peo­ple in Digby who are com­ing to Wolfville for doc­tors be­cause they can’t find a doc­tor in Digby,” Richard­son said.

When it comes to health and well­ness, the Green Party wants to fo­cus on pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures and a more holis­tic health care model, in­clud­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive care clin­ics hand al­low­ing doc­tors to spe­cial­ize.

The NDP would re­peal Bill 75 in its en­tirety, he said.

“You took away their col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing rights,” Sch­nei­der said. “I mean what’s next, ev­ery other union in the prov­ince? How are you sup­posed to sup­port our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem by cre­at­ing such an an­tag­o­nis­tic re­la­tion­ship with our teach­ers?”

He said the NDP would ne­go­ti­ate mean­ing­fully with teach­ers and pro­vide them with sup­port in the class­room through spe­cial­ists.

Sch­nei­der would like to bring a tu­tor­ing and men­tor­ing pro­gram for at-risk kids that he is in­volved with in the city to the Val­ley.

The Green Party Bill 75. She said would re­peal she’s taught at Land­mark East and knows that some stu­dents don’t make it through the school sys­tem. There has to be some in­di­vid­ual help for those that are strug­gling.

“It’s not a one-size-fits-all,” Richard­son said.

She said the Green Party would have an in­ter-de­part­men­tal strat­egy in­volv­ing Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices “to nur­ture the whole child devel­op­ment and life-long learn­ing.”

He has a son en­ter­ing the school sys­tem next year and he’s afraid that ac­tions taken to fix the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem won’t be dras­tic enough.

“Other than metaphor­i­cally drag­ging Stephen McNeil into the streets and hold­ing him ac­count­able, we need to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” Hir­tle said.

He pro­poses fir­ing the school boards and giv­ing teach­ers and prin­ci­pals with the know-how the chance to run ed­u­ca­tion. Hir­tle said this would free up money to hire more teach­ers and re­duce class­room sizes.

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