Freedom of Information Request returns no info on Whopper Drop land purchase

May 27, 2017 at 12:20 pm

McNeil must answer Whopper Drop land deal questions

Stephen McNeil told Nova Scotians the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal handled the controversial Whopper Drop land deal.

Documents obtained by the Progressive Conservatives bring his explanation into question.

A recent Freedom of Information request asked for all emails, memos, letters and other correspondence having to do with:

  • the decision not to tender the purchase of land in Bayers Lake for a health care facility,

  • the process used to select the package of land,

  • any discussion of the price to be paid for the land

  • the anticipated cost of site preparation.

The department replied “we do not have the information you asked for.

“After a file search, we have located no records responsive to your application.”

This doesn’t seem to jive with what McNeil has been telling taxpayers.

On April 25 when questioned by Jamie Baillie in the legislature, McNeil defended the shady deal by saying, “TIR went through a number of negotiations.” He went on to say “This ended up being the best price, best value.”

At the time, Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie also called on the McNeil Liberals to release all documents regarding the purchase of this land. They failed to do so.

It’s time for Stephen McNeil to tell taxpayers the truth about the costly deal to buy the land from a Liberal donor.