NDP MLA Sterling Belliveau says the Premier needs to ensure Nova Scotia Power (NSP) has a full complement of line workers to deal with situations like post-tropical storm Arthur.
He says reports the company has lost 21 line workers in the past year should be a greater concern for the provincial government.
Belliveau was responding to comments made by Premier Stephen McNeil. He says while he shares the Premier’s frustration over poor communications by NSP, he thinks the Premier’s top priority should be calling on Nova Scotia Power to have enough staff to get the power back on in a timely manner.
Tami Turner, a resident of Molega Lake North in Queens County, says if damage isn’t repaired soon it could become a safety issue.
Belliveau says Turner is just one of many concerned residents he has heard from in the past few days.
“We have a situation here where the line workers are saying they are short staffed due to Nova Scotia Power outsourcing and thousands of households have gone days without power, but the Premier is most concerned about the automated message system,” said Belliveau. “At this point, communications might be less of an issue if Nova Scotia Power crews weren’t short staffed.”
Belliveau said before McNeil became Premier he said he would ensure Nova Scotia had enough line workers and he would enforce performance standards.