2015 PC Leader’s Dinner: Defend Nova Scotia
Baillie calls on Liberals to deliver on national shipbuilding contract, fleet maintenance jobs
November 9, 2015
For immediate release
HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie is calling on the Trudeau Liberals to come through on the $25 billion shipbuilding contract and deliver each and every ship, as promised.
Today, Baillie wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau offering him congratulations on his election as Prime Minister. Baillie also advised the Prime Minister that Nova Scotians expect him to honour the fair, merit-based process, by which Halifax won the shipbuilding contract.
“Nova Scotians earned that contract fair and square,” said Baillie. “With a new government in Ottawa, we must do everything we can to protect those jobs, and the economic benefits that go with it. We must not let the Trudeau Liberals take us for granted.”
There are also concerns about the Liberal government’s plan to close the Naval Fleet Maintenance Facility at Cape Scott, putting 1,200 good jobs in jeopardy. This is yet another sign that the Liberals are taking Atlantic Canada for granted. Last week, the Liberals in Ottawa announced a Toronto MP as the new Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
Baillie says it is time for Premier Stephen McNeil to speak up about these issues.
The 2015 Leader’s Dinner is a tribute to Peter MacKay, who announced earlier this year he was leaving politics.
“Over 17 years in public life, Peter MacKay has made his special mark on our nation’s history. We are all immensely proud of what he has accomplished,” said Baillie. “Peter MacKay was our most successful regional minister because he was raised on “made in Nova Scotia” values. They are part of his DNA. Values like: compassion, self-reliance, diversity, hard work and determination.”
Baillie says they are values that guided MacKay when he put in place the open and transparent National Shipbuilding Strategy.
“Peter, it is such an honour to call you a friend. And to have this opportunity to thank you and recognize your many accomplishments publicly tonight,” said Baillie. “On behalf of everyone gathered here tonight, from the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but happiness and success.”
To view a copy of Baillie’s speech, please download a copy here.