Baillie, Arsenault ready to stand up for Halifax Needham

July 30, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Making Halifax Needham safer, more prosperous key components of PC campaign


HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie and candidate Andy Arsenault are ready to take Stephen McNeil’s Liberals to task in Halifax Needham.

The Progressive Conservatives will be championing their commitments to rebuild the film industry, end the crisis in mental health and fix our broken economy during the by-election campaign launched today.

“Stephen McNeil has left Halifax Needham behind, but this community has a proven champion in Andy Arsenault,” said Baillie. “Andy understands the need to address challenges we face in affordable housing, community safety, care for seniors and mental health. As Progressive Conservatives, we understand the important link between addressing all of these issues and creating a more prosperous community for everyone.”

Arsenault, a former RCMP officer and decorated policeman, says making Halifax Needham a safer place to live will also be a key component of his campaign.

Stephen McNeil cut half a million dollars from the Boots on the Street program that made communities safer by increasing the number of police officers. He made this cut before a review of the program was complete.

“We have people afraid to be outside after dark, seniors who don’t want to leave their homes and young people who are looking for positive role models,” said Arsenault. “In spite of these dire challenges, Stephen McNeil cut this important program and reduced police officers. I will not only fight for more police officers, but I will make the case for better training, equipment and community engagement techniques.”

The by-election will be held on August 30, 2016.