PICTOU, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says job losses in Pictou County are devastating to the rural economy.
“Families are struggling to make ends meet, jobs are harder to find and the cost of everyday items continue to go up under the NDP,” said Baillie. “The NDP is ignoring the recession in rural Nova Scotia and is forcing families to move away.”
According to a Statistics Canada report released today, employment in the North Shore region has dropped by 2,900 full-time jobs and 1,800 part-time jobs in the past year alone. Unemployment remains at 10 per cent and the full-time job losses represent five per cent of the region’s job market.
Baillie says business closures like Pictou County’s Nova Forge Corp. are the devastating result of the NDP’s skyrocketing power rates and expensive policies. The Liberals are just like the NDP and will continue to lead Nova Scotia in the wrong direction by raising taxes and driving up power rates.
“The Liberals and the NDP will continue to drive up the cost of essentials like food and electricity beyond what families can afford,” said Baillie. “We have a plan to put money back in people’s pockets and kick start our struggling economy.”
Baillie says the government needs to reduce barriers to business and create a modern, dynamic economy. A PC government will lower taxes, stop wasteful spending and kick start Nova Scotia’s struggling economy.