Jamie Baillie, right, with area candidates John Lohr (Kings North), Jody Frowley (Kings West), and Shane Buchan (Kings South), as well as Annapolis candidate Ginny Hurlock. Baillie was in Wolfville Sept. 22 to announce legilslation a PC government would introduce that would prevent healthcare sector strikes. - Jennifer Vardy Little
By Jennifer Vardy Little
Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie promised to create a new law that will prevent strikes in the healthcare sector if his party wins the Oct. 8 election.
During a stop in Wolfville Sept. 22, Baillie outlined plans for the legislation, which he says will keep ambulances on the roads and hospitals operating even during contract disputes. Instead, the legislation would see disputes resolved through arbitration instead of strikes and lockouts.
“When people from the Valley need health care, they expect and deserve to get it,” said Baillie, who made the announcement outside the Eastern Kings Community Health Centre. “Even when there is a contract dispute over money, people deserve to know their healthcare will be there for them.”
In 2010, he said, a strike by healthcare support workers that lasted a few hours resulted in the cancellation of elective surgeries in Annapolis Valley Health and caused “confusion and fear” for many patients.
Baillie took aim at the Liberals and NDP during the announcement.
“When the Progressive Conservative Party introduced legislation to protect patients and stop cancellations and postponements of important medical procedures, the Liberals and the NDP did nothing. They let the threat of a strike lead to delays in our healthcare system,” Baillie said, adding that the Liberals voted to let paramedics go on strike earlier this year.
Nova Scotia, Baillie said, is the only province in Canada that does not have legislation that prevents strikes in the healthcare system.