TRURO – There’s plenty to critique about the way the Liberal party is leading the province, says Jamie Baillie.
The Progressive Conservative Leader spoke with the Truro Daily News on Monday about what he believes the Liberal party is doing right and wrong since it took over the leadership of the province from the NDP in October.
“2014 is shaping up to be an expensive year for Nova Scotians,” the PC leader said. “There’s a three per cent power increase, the HST remains high … 3,500 people moved out of Nova Scotia last year. We pay the highest taxes, power (bills) and are the most overregulated in the country.”
Baillie said “Colchester County is holding its own but that’s not good enough,” adding the best way to make the area more economically viable is to do what needs to be accomplished throughout the province: lower taxes and the HST and small business tax as well as invest in the local economy.
These were some of the points Baillie expected to discuss during the Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River PC annual general meeting in Truro on Monday night.
“Nova Scotians have been let down so many times” that it’s hard to gain their trust, Baillie said. But constituents also play a vital part in building more sustainable and healthy communities.
“Hold (politicians) accountable” to what they say they will do, he said. “Don’t give in to cynicism, don’t always focus on the negative and make use of the wonderful natural resources, schools, rinks and recreation we have here.”
As for him, Baillie said he too will offer ideas to balance criticisms of the provincial Liberal leadership.
“Don’t just criticize, criticize, criticize, put forth ideas” such as promoting and protecting manufacturing, the industrial park and marketing the advantages of Colchester County, he said.
As far as what Baillie has in common with the opposing Liberals, he said both parties agree on the need to change the way elections work.
“We need a fixed election date. Liberals and the PCs support” that idea and he’d like to see future provincial elections held on the second Tuesday in October every four years.