NDP

Liberal Speech from the Throne lacks substance

October 14, 2016


For Immediate Release

HALIFAX – Today’s Speech from the Throne shows the McNeil government plans to take no new actions on pressing issues including long-term care, affordable post-secondary education, and access to primary health care.

Though the speech mentions that long-term care will be a priority, there is no evidence the Liberals will reverse the $6 million in cuts they have made to long-term care facilities.

“Seniors deserve better than cuts to food budgets, recreation programs, and staffing levels,” said Gary Burrill, Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP.

For the tens of thousands of people waiting to get a family doctor, the Throne Speech also provides little hope.

“Today in Nova Scotia, more than 90,000 people do not have a family doctor. Despite promises, which continue in today’s speech, the Liberals have failed to act,” said Dave Wilson, NDP Health Critic. “Stephen McNeil’s plan will help just 15 per cent of those who need a family doctor. Not good enough.”

At a time when provinces like New Brunswick and Ontario, both under Liberal governments, are acting to make post-secondary education free for many students, the McNeil government has allowed tuition fees to increase by as much as 37 per cent. There is no indication from the McNeil government that they will invest in reducing tuition fees or making education more affordable.

“Free community college is an idea whose time has come,” said Burrill. “We need an investment in a generation that will open the doors to opportunity for our young people.”

This week the NDP announced a legislative program for the fall sitting including holding the Liberals to account on their cuts to long-term care, legislation that will eliminate tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College, and legislation that will require the province to act on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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For more information, contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca