Baillie, Dexter, McNeil unveil platforms for October 8 vote
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are press release from all three provincial party leaders issued after an October 8 Nova Scotia provincial election was called today.)
Progressive Conservative leader kicks off campaign
Only the Progressive Conservative team has a plan to get the province’s economy back on track and give Nova Scotians the jobs and opportunities they need to prosper, PC leader Jamie Baillie said as he kicked off the election campaign at Oh My Sole!, a small business in Halifax.
“The decision Nova Scotians make in the coming weeks will determine what kind of Nova Scotia our children and grandchildren inherit,” Baillie said. “They will have to decide if they want more of the same with the NDP or Liberals or if they want real change that works for people from the Progressive Conservative team.”
People in Nova Scotia are struggling with the highest taxes in the country, the highest power rates and thousands of lost jobs, Baillie said in a media release. Nova Scotians can’t get ahead, businesses can’t compete and our children are being saddled with crippling debt.
Baillie said he will crisscross the province telling Nova Scotians about his plan to lower taxes, freeze power rates, reduce the size of government, and create more jobs.
“We have a plan to stop wasteful spending in health and education and put that money in classrooms, emergency rooms, and other frontline services, where they belong,” he said.
A PC government would scrap the gold-plated MLA pension plan and establish a citizens’ panel to set MLA pay and benefits. Only a PC government will take real action to stop bullying and protect our kids, the release said.
A Progressive Conservative government would stand with patients, not powerful unions, and prevent labour disputes from disrupting vital health services, the leader said.
Baillie said the NDP promised they’d be different, but let Nova Scotians down.
“The NDP promised stable power rates but power bills have skyrocketed by almost 30 per cent on their watch,” Baillie said. “They said they wouldn’t raise taxes but the first chance they got they increased the HST by two per cent and reached into the pocket of every Nova Scotian and helped themselves to $1,500.”
Baillie said the Liberals are ill-equipped to run Nova Scotia’s economy.
“The Liberals would like you to believe that they are different from the NDP, but on the tough questions, you can’t tell the two parties apart,” said Baillie.
After kicking off the election campaign in Halifax, Baillie will campaign in Cumberland South.
Dexter said …
NDP leader kicks of provincial election campaign
Leader Darrell Dexter officially launched the 2013 NDP re-election campaign to build a better future for today’s families.
“The last election was about change, this election is about the future,” said Dexter in a media release. “On election day Nova Scotians will risk turning back to the Liberals, or keep building a better future for today’s families with the NDP.”
Dexter kicked off the campaign in Port Hawkesbury for the October 8 vote.
“Today, I am humbly asking for the NDP to be given the opportunity to use the experience we have gained, and keep building a better future.”
Surrounded by families, workers, seniors, and kids Dexter reminded Nova Scotians about the risk posed by the Stephen McNeil and the Liberals.
“Stephen McNeil was a candidate for the Liberal government that closed 1600 hospital beds, got rid of thousands of nurses and teachers, stopped paving roads, froze long-term care beds and never once balanced a budget.”
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“Stephen McNeil is a risk families can’t afford to take.”
“The Conservatives left Nova Scotians with crippling debt and the worst economy in Canada,” said Dexter. “They let ER closures skyrocket and forced seniors in nursing homes into bankruptcy.”
The NDP are offering Nova Scotians a direction that will build a better future for today’s families.
The NDP is making seven key commitments:
-- Better health care
-- Good jobs and stronger communities
-- Keep the HST off home energy
-- A better start for our kids
-- Stand up for seniors
-- Green, local, tax-free energy
-- Keep the budget balanced
“The choice for Nova Scotians is clear. Does Nova Scotia stop the progress that’s been made so far and return to the failed Liberal policies of the past. Or do we keep moving forward and build a better future together with the NDP.”
McNeil said …
Liberal leader kicks of election campaign
Liberal leader Stephen McNeil today launched the Nova Scotia Liberal election campaign to provide honest, compassionate, and dedicated leadership to the people of Nova Scotia.
“Today our province has begun a democratic journey towards change and a government that reflects the aspirations, hopes, and concerns of Nova Scotians,” said McNeil in a media release. “Darrell Dexter has been out of touch from the realities of our province and we have suffered because of it. Our Liberal team is determined to find a better way, forge a better life, and create a better province for all of Nova Scotia’s citizens.”
The Liberal leader believes Nova Scotia has been unfairly burdened by Darrell Dexter’s neglect, mismanagement, and willingness to put partisan attacks and political messages ahead of the needs of Nova Scotia families and businesses.
“I believe our province has untapped potential and a future that’s been put on hold for too long,” explained McNeil. “Darrell Dexter has chosen continually to mislead Nova Scotians in an effort to buy votes on Election Day. To reach our potential, our province needs a government that respects and trusts Nova Scotians, and wants to work hand in hand as partners.”
“It is time for innovative and smart investments in our province, in our children, and in each other. My government will place the interests of Nova Scotians first – this will be our guiding principle for all decision making in government.”
The Liberal plan will focus on a number of key themes including:
-- Restoring education cuts made by the Dexter government and ensuring our children are prepared for success after graduation from high school
-- Break the Nova Scotia Power monopoly and modernize the Nova Scotia energy market to make it more reflective of the needs of Nova Scotia families and businesses
-- Invest in the Nova Scotia economy through investing in Nova Scotia workers and small businesses that are the backbone of the provincial economy
“There is a clear choice in this election between the Liberals and the Dexter NDP. It is a choice between investments in small business or large corporate bailouts, between protecting emergency rooms or protecting CEOs, and between investments in schools or cuts to our children’s education. Our province has been burdened long enough by the Dexter government – it is time for the citizens of this province to have a government that puts Nova Scotia first.