Here are five ways Stephen McNeil and Terry Farrell have weakened Cumberland North:
Stephen McNeil and Terry Farrell waged war on our teachers, caused chaos in our classrooms, and left a weakened education system in their wake. Stephen McNeil and Terry Farrell locked kids out of schools, imposed a contract on teachers, and failed to make any significant changes to improve classrooms. Instead of playing by the rules, Stephen McNeil built political schools in his own riding.
Stephen McNeil likes to say there is no crisis in the province’s failing healthcare system, but Cumberland County families left in the wake of his broken promise know better. Stephen McNeil and Terry Farrell promised a family doctor for every Nova Scotian, but they failed. Doctors in Cumberland County also fear changes to the regional hospital. Terry Farrell and Stephen McNeil have failed to address the challenges in Nova Scotia’s mental health system. Far too many people are reaching out for help, but finding locked doors instead.
Stephen McNeil and Terry Farrell have proven they can’t be trusted on tolls. They’re out making big election promises, but their record speaks for themselves. When Stephen McNeil tried to take more money from the families and business of Cumberland North, Terry Farrell sat on his hands. He chose to defend the McNeil Liberals instead of the people who trusted him to do the right thing. Just before the election, Stephen McNeil also tried to pull a fast one and make all Nova Scotians pay tolls. Terry Farrell can’t, or just won’t, stand up to Stephen McNeil.
While some Cumberland County families struggle to make ends meet, Terry Farrell stayed silent while his leader doled out cash to his friends. Stephen McNeil signed a sweetheart deal with former Liberal leader Danny Graham, giving him $13,584 a month – or $447 a day – from the public purse. Terry Farrell promised Cumberland North that things would be different, but as soon as the McNeil Liberals had the chance, they opened the chequebook and tried to buy this election.
Stephen McNeil lacks the vision and a plan to bring good jobs to Cumberland North. Our families know the only way to pay for important services in healthcare and education is to make the economy grow again. Time and time again, Statistics Canada showed there were fewer full-time jobs in Nova Scotia. Youth left and jobs disappeared while Terry Farrell and Stephen McNeil settled for the status quo.