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.
“I understand the government has a new roadmap for long-term care, but that doesn’t answer the question on the minds of taxpayers,” said Houston. “How much will it cost to stop this over-half-way completed renovation?”
Last week, Houston questioned the Liberal government’s decision to discontinue services, stating that it wasn’t 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.
“This 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?” asked Houston. “Cutting Riverview’s expansion short at this late stage is an incompetent decision made by the Liberal government that will cost taxpayers money they can’t afford.”