Pictou County MLAs disappointed with Liberal decision to pull out of governance study

Ruth Mitchell
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The Pictou County Progressive Conservative MLAs are disappointed with the Liberal decision to pull out of the governance study.

Late last night, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister, Mark Furey announced the Liberal government will not support the regional governance study for Pictou County.

"The missing piece here is leadership," says Tim Houston, MLA for Pictou East. "Our constituents want their government to work on solutions, not throw up their hands and walk away."

Furey never asked for input from the three PC Pictou MLAs.

Karla MacFarlane, the MLA for Pictou West, says the cost of doing nothing is too great.

"We don't have a study. We don't have a plan. Right now, we don't have anything from the Liberal government," says MacFarlane. "Families cannot afford a do-nothing government."

Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn says the Liberal Minister must bring the players back to the table and get this issue resolved.

"The Liberals are shutting the door on Pictou County residents," says Dunn. "The old way isn’t working. The Liberal Minister must tell people his plan before it's too late."

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Pictou East Pictou West

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  • spoonman
    March 27, 2014 - 12:56

    I find MacFarlanes comments rather curious. Families cannot afford a do nothing government ? Well just which families does she talk of ? Families which on my street have the majority of young fathers working I. Alberta ? Or families of photographers, gardeners and PR persons in the employment of an overstaffed Town Hall ? Barrie MacMillian has a new idea for the Towns . It is called BANKRUPTCY which New Glasgow is headed for .

  • Spock
    March 27, 2014 - 11:26

    "the needs the of the few are outweighing the needs on the many". This is not a failure of the Liberal or any provincial government, this is a case of the municipal units not wanting to come together. If the PC MLA's are serious about making this work they need to have serious talks with them not throw mud at the Liberals. The Liberal government met with and established these guys don't play well together, so why waste our tax dollars on a lost cause. I say well done MR. Furey, unless the Liberals are going to force amalgamation then let them be, time will play it out. They will be united one way or another, too bad personal agendas are being put ahead of the residents and dragging out the process, PC MLA's, start knocking on town hall doors if you want to make a difference, find the solution not be part of the political problem.

  • Disgusted taxpayer
    March 27, 2014 - 10:04

    Opposition Members of the Legislative Assembly are strong in complaints but do nothing to incorporate visionary solutions to issues! Same rhetoric from Opposition who live on $90,000. + $4,000. expense accounts with their only ability to complain as their business priority!

  • Hooey
    March 27, 2014 - 09:14

    What are these three people talking about? We elected leaders locally to deal with these issues. And this "before its too late"??? Is this the position of all Conservatives in the country now? Scaring people? Give it a break, please.

  • not time to be playing politics
    March 27, 2014 - 08:06

    Really...blaming the provincial government when the so called 'leaders' of this county are not able to agree on anything...instead of criticising the gov't perhaps the MLA's should have a serious talk with the mayors of this county and make them see reality....

  • C'est la vie
    March 26, 2014 - 15:25

    Can't disagree with these three MLA's more. This is an issue that should be dealt with (and paid for) locally by citizens and councils. The last liberal government changed the governance in Halifax and Sydney and look how that turned out. Good decision Mr. Furey.