Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East, Tim Houston, is calling on the Department of Community Services to release the final costs incurred after cancelling scheduled renovations to Riverview Adult Residential Centre.
On Friday, June 11, Joanne Bernard, Minister for Community Services was asked to detail future plans for Riverview. The Minister explained that there will be no more long-term institutionalized care in Nova Scotia.
‚ÄúI understand the government has a new roadmap for long-term care, but that doesn‚Äôt answer the question on the minds of taxpayers,‚ÄĚ said Houston. ‚ÄúHow much will it cost to stop this over-half-way completed renovation?‚ÄĚ
Last week, Houston questioned the Liberal government‚Äôs decision to discontinue services, stating that it wasn‚Äôt cost effective. Houston believes the cost to cancel and walk away could be in the millions and is concerned that abandoning the project at this point will result in more loss than gain.
‚ÄúThis is a facility that was ready to be expanded. It would create jobs during the renovations and well after completion. Will the Minister come clean about the true expense of cutting this project short?‚ÄĚ asked Houston. ‚ÄúCutting Riverview‚Äôs expansion short at this late stage is an incompetent decision made by the Liberal government that will cost taxpayers money they can‚Äôt afford.‚ÄĚ