To the editor,
This past weekend the Pictou West NDP Association took to Facebook and Twitter to boast about “encouraging employment numbers” across Nova Scotia but according to Statistics Canada latest jobs report released Friday, the northern region of Nova Scotia where Pictou West is located has lost at least 1,600 jobs in the last year.
Our young people are moving to Alberta by the plane load, and small businesses are closing at an alarming rate yet the NDP here in Pictou West think it is appropriate to give themselves a pat on the back.
The timing of the NDP’s claim of improved job numbers shows no sympathy for the workers at Nova Forge, who last week protested outside of the recently closed plant. I am a small business owner and I understand how hard it is to run a business in this economic environment. With the highest taxes in the country and power rates that increase every time I look at my bill, under the NDP the economy is suffering and it is becoming harder to make a decent living.
It is time to cut red tape, freeze power rates and lower taxes which will help jump start our economy again. I want to see a Pictou West where small businesses thrive, employers hire and our young people stay and work. In the next election we need to do more than just change political parties, we must truly change direction.
Pictou West Progressive Conservative candidate