Baillie: Fixing the economy key to attracting new Nova Scotians

September 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

McNeil misses link between taxes, jobs and outmigration

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Stephen McNeil’s plan to keep taxes and power rates at the highest levels in the country will not attract new Nova Scotians.

Baillie says Stephen McNeil’s economic policies mirror the failed approach of the Dexter NDP. Since 2009 interprovincial outmigration increased by 32 per cent, or 7,500 people, while interprovincial immigration decreased by 11 per cent.

Recent data from Statistics Canada shows that under the Dexter NDP Nova Scotia’s population decreased by nearly 1,000 people in the last quarter. That is the largest population decrease for that time period since 1972.

“High taxes, high power rates and job-killing labour laws are all responsible for dividing families and driving Nova Scotians away, but Stephen McNeil and the Liberals have no plan to change course,” said Baillie. “The fact Stephen McNeil thinks he can boost the population and keep all of the Dexter NDP’s dangerous economic policies in place proves he doesn’t understand how to manage the economy.”

Baillie says the Progressive Conservatives have a real plan to increase Nova Scotia’s population to one million people by 2025.

Baillie’s five-point plan to achieve the goal of one million Nova Scotians includes:

– Increasing the cap on the number of immigrants allowed under the Nominee Program through a better deal with Ottawa

– Lowering the HST and freezing power rates to let Nova Scotians get ahead

– Matching workers with available jobs and helping newcomers get accredited

– Strategically identifying immigrants from targeted countries and welcoming them to our communities

– Bringing Nova Scotians home to a province where they can find fulfilling employment

“Our plan for increasing the population involves getting the fundamentals of our economy right, something Stephen McNeil and the Liberals don’t understand,” said Baillie. “We will increase the number of Nova Scotians and it starts with lowering taxes, freezing power rates, stopping wasteful spending and creating more jobs.”

Baillie encourages Nova Scotians to read the PC plan to grow the economy and increase the population by reading his platform, Change that Works, at