Baillie targets one million Nova Scotians by 2025

September 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

Lower taxes, freeze power rates, create more jobs

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says a PC government will aggressively pursue a plan to grow Nova Scotia’s population to one million people by 2025.

“We can’t have a growing economy and a shrinking working-age population,” says Baillie. “As the labour force shrinks, those remaining taxpayers are forced to pay more and more of the bill for important services like healthcare and education. The time for change is now.”

The number of immigrants coming to Nova Scotia has dropped under the NDP government. Baillie says the NDP government has not only failed to attract more newcomers to Nova Scotia, but its high cost policies helped to drive 7,500 Nova Scotians to other provinces over the past four years. That’s enough people to fill the entire lower bowl of Halifax’s Metro Centre.  It’s the equivalent of every man, woman and child in the Town of Yarmouth.

“Politics doesn’t always have to be about criticizing and tearing down the other side. It can be about setting goals that we can all get behind,” says Baillie. “I am setting a goal of one million Nova Scotians by 2025.”

The Liberals have little to say about immigration. But Baillie adds that they also won’t lower taxes or freeze power rates, leaving immigrants to face the same uphill battles Nova Scotians face.

“With lower taxes, frozen power rates and more jobs, a Progressive Conservative government will create a modern, dynamic 21st century economy that will keep more people here at home,” said Baillie. “Our plan will bring home many who left for better jobs and attract newcomers.”

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

1. Increase the cap on the number of immigrants allowed under the Nominee Program through a better deal with Ottawa

2. Lower the HST and freeze power rates to let Nova Scotians get ahead

3. Match workers with available jobs and help newcomers get accredited

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

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