Landry questions PC debt repayment plan

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NDP using ‘scare tactics’ in Pictou Centre, says Dunn

NEW GLASGOW – Part of the PC’s election platform is drawing sharp criticism from NDP candidate for Pictou Centre Ross Landry.  

In a press release, he said a PC government would either put a halt to construction on the new Aberdeen hospital and other major projects, or their platform has a major accounting error in it.

Part of the PC’s election platform is drawing sharp criticism from NDP candidate for Pictou Centre Ross Landry. In a press release, he said a PC government would either put a halt to construction on the new Aberdeen hospital and other major projects, or their platform has a major accounting error in it.

“I find it shocking the Conservatives would literally pull shovels out of the ground on major capital projects,” said Landry. "This would not only have a devastating impact on our local economy it would place families’ health care at risk.”

PC Candidate Pat Dunn said his party’s plan is sound and that the NDP are resorting to scare tactics to mislead voters.

“These are false accusations,” said Dunn. “Under no circumstances does Jamie Baillie want to jeopardize hospitals, health care or education.”

The PC platform, released on Sept. 7, outlines how they would balance Nova Scotia’s books and run a surplus to pay down the debt. Examples include scrapping MLA’s pension plans, reducing the number of school boards and health authorities and expected revenues from scrapping the small business tax.

Landry argues that in order to pay down the debt the government not only has to balance the budget it also has to cover planned capital spending for new projects like schools and hospitals and that the PC plan doesn’t account for capital spending.

“Either Jamie Baillie wants to stop paving roads, building new schools and improving hospitals or he’s made a major error in his platform." NDP Candidate Ross Landry

“Valuable projects including the new Aberdeen Hospital and the New North East Nova Scotia Correctional Facility would come to an end,” said Landry.

Dunn feels that the NDP numbers are off.

“The budget inherently has $295 million of capital spending in it from the amortization charge alone,” he said. “The Dexter NDP has proven time and time again they can’t be trusted with taxpayers’ dollars.”

Unsurprisingly, both Landry and Dunn point to each party’s potential errors as cause for concern.

“Either Jamie Baillie wants to stop paving roads, building new schools and improving hospitals or he’s made a major error in his platform,” said Landry.

“Either Ross Landry is engaging in gutter politics and fear mongering or he doesn’t understand basic accounting,” said Dunn. “The Progressive Conservatives are committed to the new Aberdeen Hospital, the New Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional facility and capital projects in Pictou County.”

Premier Dexter was in Pictou County Thursday campaigning with local NDP candidates and touring the NSCC Pictou Campus.

Organizations: NDP, Progressive Conservatives, Pictou Centre Aberdeen Hospital New North East Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Pictou County

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  • Spud Peters
    September 14, 2013 - 22:32

    Conservatives spent 30 of the last 40 years driving this province in to the ground. Being in last place they can promise anything.

    • Taxpayer
      September 21, 2013 - 05:23

      And it only took the NDP 4 years to do it

  • killerkthezonemhl
    September 14, 2013 - 14:15

    Well said, at least they have a repayment plan! not the shrug of the shoulders and stating "I never said I would balance the books along with debt repayment" Time for the Dippers to go and we in NS will follow the legacy of another province who will need years to correct the wrong doing of the NDP!

  • Finnigan
    September 14, 2013 - 12:03

    Remember who put Nova Scotia billions in debt borrowing money to buy elections, vote all the same people in again.Stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.Lets not add more Names to the MLA pension plan

  • arthur sinclair
    September 14, 2013 - 06:49

    The one thing everyone can be assured politicians will deliver is promises. I would like to see just one politician or political party make a promise to carry out is as follows. If I for any reason do not carry out my promises after being elected I will forego any pension from the people of Nova Scotia that I would be entitled to. Further to this I would like to see a party say that they would not dictate but consult with the electorate on proposed major pieces of legislation and have consultative meeting with the voters at large and make all meetings nonpartisan. I want a voice of my own when it comes to the running of "our " province not just someone I elect who will do as they or their party would like with my future. It is time for democracy to raise its beautiful head in this country and give people hope of being treated in a fair and just manner. most people running for political office are in a good financial position and I think have trouble relating to the reality of the day, where people struggle to keep their heads above the financial waters even with record low interest rates.

  • arthur sinclair
    September 14, 2013 - 06:48

    The one thing everyone can be assured politicians will deliver is promises. I would like to see just one politician or political party make a promise to carry out is as follows. If I for any reason do not carry out my promises after being elected I will forego any pension from the people of Nova Scotia that I would be entitled to. Further to this I would like to see a party say that they would not dictate but consult with the electorate on proposed major pieces of legislation and have consultative meeting with the voters at large and make all meetings nonpartisan. I want a voice of my own when it comes to the running of "our " province not just someone I elect who will do as they or their party would like with my future. It is time for democracy to raise its beautiful head in this country and give people hope of being treated in a fair and just manner. most people running for political office are in a good financial position and I think have trouble relating to the reality of the day, where people struggle to keep their heads above the financial waters even with record low interest rates.

  • Carol T
    September 13, 2013 - 15:22

    Let's look at the cold hard NDP facts and fiqures and broken promises: You've raised the debt by over 2 billion, nobody for a second believes you balanced anything.You raised the GST back up after saying you wouldn't, you raised every one of the over 1600 user fees, electricity and gas prices have skyrocketed under you, and who knows how high it will go because you have no clue what your Muskrat Falls deal will cost ratepayers? we have the highest taxes in Canada. You've slashed funding for healtcare, pharmacare and education, all the while giving away hundreds of millions to very wealthy corporations, 8 million to a golf course, yet can't find a mere million for Maritime Steel?, oh wait, that's just spite. You cancelled 2 jails, you've devastated southwestern N.S by cancelling the ferry, only know to try and buy back those votes. There's has been thousands of jobs lost monthly since you've taken power, you cried in opposition to tax the provincial hst of the price of gas, did you? no. You screamed to give everybody and everything more more more, then scream for spending the money, you screamed about paving everything, then you threw many more out of work by buyibg some ashphalt machine in Florida, you promised in your last platform you would pave every secondary road for 4.3 million, you sure are paving up a storm now for election, yet accuse the other parties of making a paving deal that never existed? cheap true ndp colours showing there once again. You had to be shamed into doing an about face over Reteah Parsons. The list goes on and on and I could be here all day pointing out fact, of which anybody who pays attention, or bothers to look up your record. You had no problem for decades screaming at the governing parties of the day to do everything, have inquiries about everything, did you do it once elected? no, you just broke every promise and did what people were warned about if they elected the NDP, sure enough, it all came true with the true colurs and hidden agendas of the NDP.

  • Former Pictou County Resident
    September 13, 2013 - 12:46

    I believe that Mr. Landry is probably feeling the heat of a Liberal candidate & the fact that most disgruntled tories have returned to the fold for this election. An old hockey tune comes to mind. Na Na Na Na....Na Na Na Na......Hey Hey Hey......Good Bye.

    • HUGH MACKENZIE
      September 14, 2013 - 19:38

      is there a liberal candidate in pictou center?

  • Mavis
    September 12, 2013 - 21:19

    The only thing that would cease is the many many high paid managers who are making things worse. In healthcare we already know it can't be any worse with another government no matter what NSNU and. Landry tells us!

  • Graham Johnston
    September 12, 2013 - 17:44

    Landry mouths the same desperate NDP talking points as MLA Zaan over in Truro claiming a Tory win would result in “shovels pulled from the ground.” He adds it would place family health care at risk. Nonsense! It is surely a sign of desperation that he attacks an opposition candidate who simply wants to balancing the budget and begin paying down the debt. Let’s not forget Landry’s NDP party spent us into a $350 million deficit last year alone. They squandered our scarce resources and added $ 2 billion to the provincial debt. Respecting health care, Landry would like us to forget that, while a group of local citizen’s rallied some 3,000 supporters to clean up the Pictou paper mill, his NDP government doled out millions to the same mill to help them expand production. And it was under the NDP government that PCHA was allowed to tinker with the veterans’ meal plan just to balance their budget. Furthermore, while in fact both the Conservatives and Liberals are determined to restructure provincial hospital administration to ensure more effective and efficient health care delivery, and free up tens of millions of dollars for community health programs, Landry’s NDP government is happy to carry on just as things are despite the fact the RHA system is unsustainable. Landry would have us believe that health care has been a priority for the four year life of his government. Well, in fact Nova Scotia is a sick province and has been for many years. We have the highest cancer rates of any province in Canada and Pictou County has the highest cancer rates in the province. Nova Scotia has an air pollution problem identified in 2008 by the CMA so bad that it will kill 82 Nova Scotians next year, hospitalize 315 more, send 4,054 to hospital emergency departments, and another 22, 254 to their doctor. Nova Scotia has the highest rate of heart disease and diabetes of all provinces and the second highest rate of arthritis and asthma. Landry and the NDP lack the moral authority to judge anyone for their plan to manage the provinces finances or health care. He clearly lacks understanding, vision and a credible plan to seek re-election. - Graham Johnston, East Earltown, NS.

    • KD
      September 13, 2013 - 17:39

      Well said Mr. Johnston, Well Said!!