FACT CHECK: Did Stephen McNeil make another bad, backroom deal?

May 25, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Serious questions around the new Bridgetown School

Premier Stephen McNeil has some serious questions to answer about the secretive land swap, expensive cost overruns, and numerous change orders in relation to the new Bridgetown School following the release of an article by the Halifax Examiner.

This story prompts serious questions, including:

  • Did Stephen McNeil make another bad, backroom deal?

  • How did the cost for the Bridgetown school balloon from $17.6 million in 2014 to $23.9 million in 2017? (+$6.3 million)

  • Who requested that the originally planned driveway become a cul de sac at an additional cost of $243,000?

  • Did Stephen McNeil himself order the change in the road location?

  • Why was the change in the location of the driveway / cul-de-sac made so suddenly?

  • Why was $225,000 spent to buy land from a private landowner who disclosed there were issues with the soil, leading to removal and clean up costs?

  • Why was the installation of sidewalks, curb cuts, and utility service laterals added to the driveway /cul de sac after the project had been tendered?

  • What are the details of the land swap deal and why did the province choose not to use its authority to appropriate the land instead?

  • What is the relationship between Stephen McNeil and Mr. Rice?

  • What does Stephen McNeil know about Mr. Rice’s plans to develop the land next to the Bridgetown school?