Baillie: McNeil must defend Nova Scotia economy, healthcare

August 31, 2017 at 9:26 am

Federal tax changes will hurt economy, make doctor shortage worse

Today, the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party launched a petition urging Premier Stephen McNeil to defend Nova Scotia’s entrepreneurs and families from the federal government’s proposed tax changes.

Leader Jamie Baillie says the Ottawa Liberals’ proposed tax changes will be devastating for small businesses across the province, and will make it even harder for the province to recruit and retain doctors.

“The federal government’s reckless new tax measures will do serious damage to Nova Scotia’s economy and healthcare system,” says Baillie. “This issue will have huge implications for our province. We need our provincial government leaders working to stop the damage.”

Baillie says since federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the harmful tax changes last month, the McNeil Liberals have done nothing to defend our province against Ottawa.

“There are thousands of small business owners, employees and people without a family doctor who all deserve a Premier who will fight for them,” says Baillie. “It’s time for Stephen McNeil to stop protecting Ottawa Liberals and start doing what’s in the best interest of this province.”

Baillie says the best way McNeil can show he supports small businesses and doctors is to condemn these proposed federal tax changes.

Baillie says he will be bringing the petition to the legislature during the Fall Session. An online version of the petition can be found at