Kings North MLA John Lohr presented a petition in the Legislature last week calling on the government to address the lack of high speed internet access in areas of rural Kings County.
“High speed internet access is something that most Kings County residents take for granted but in rural areas, it’s a luxury they still don’t have,” said Lohr. “Residents and businesses in rural Kings County are at a disadvantage and it’s time that problem was fixed.”
The petition calls for the government to “provide the citizens of rural Kings County with the same access to high speed internet as is available to the more urban areas of Nova Scotia by the end of the 2014 calendar year.”
In his first legislative sitting, Lohr also drew attention to the plight of strawberry farmers. Over the summer, many farmers were shocked when a destructive virus devastated much of their crops. Lohr, the Progressive Conservative agriculture critic, insisted the Liberals scrap the previous government’s plan and change it to one that better addresses the needs of strawberry farmers.
“These farmers and their families desperately depend on the success of their crops. Their concerns are immediate and we need to listen,” said Lohr during Question Period last week. “The current model only offers farmers a fraction of what they need to revive their crops.”
The strawberry industry is worth nearly $18 million to the province. Lohr says action needs to be taken now, so that farmers can properly prepare for next season.
“The industry needs our help. The farmers need our help,” he said. “Nova Scotia’s economy can’t afford to take another significant blow.”