Nova Scotia premier encourages businesses to drive the economy

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Complacency is no longer an option in the province with the worst performing economy in the country.

Premier Stephen McNeil stressed that there are opportunities for growth in every region of Nova Scotia during his keynote speech at the Avon Chamber of Commerce AGM hosted in the Brooklyn Civic Centre May 9.

“Regardless of where you live in this province, there is opportunity,” the premier said.

McNeil alluded to the honeycrisp apple as an innovative idea that blossomed into a high-value commodity.

“For seven years we’ve been talking about the honeycrisp apple,” he said. “We should be talking about the next apple.”

He says the Liberal government is investing in research and development, and partnering with credit unions to back business loans for promising plans.

“It is you, the business community, who will drive this economy.” Premier Stephen McNeil

Listing fruitful resource land, the rail system, deep harbour, international airport and time zone as advantages, McNeil said Nova Scotia is a great location for companies looking to tap into global markets.

“You can do business in Europe and in Vancouver in the same day in this province,” he said.

McNeil said government can control the spending of tax dollars, but government entities do not create jobs.

“It is you, the business community, who will drive this economy.”

In closing, McNeil challenged all in attendance to search for opportunities that are often overshadowed by obstacles.

“We should be celebrating those instead of always looking for the difficult challenges.”


Organizations: Brooklyn Civic Centre, Avon Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Europe, Vancouver Hants County Brooklyn

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  • David Kopriva
    May 12, 2014 - 11:22

    McNeil hit the head on the nail. The private sector needs to lead the charge. Diversified agriculture is critical Nova Scotia is a premium location to do this. What government needs to do is ensure the atmosphere to gain knowledge and markets is there. Ensure business can keep costs low meaning taxes, wages, etc and these will provide fundamental stimulus.