HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says his top priority for 2017 is jobs in Nova Scotia.
“We know that the only way to pay for the important services we need in healthcare and education is to make our economy grow again. To do that, people need good, full-time jobs,” says Baillie. “The status quo is not an option.”
“Stephen McNeil has been constantly distracted by his political scandals, not on turning around our very weak economy. Jobs have to come first.”
For the second month in a row, Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey show there are 13,300 fewer full-time jobs in Nova Scotia than a year ago. Despite Premier McNeil’s claims that youth employment is up, the numbers actually show that there are 4700 fewer full-time jobs for young people (age 15-24 years) over the last year.
Baillie understands Nova Scotia’s need for a truly long-term plan for the economy, one that goes past the next election. He has already announced one plank of the PC’s plan, which is to put vocational training back in schools.
“We will be rolling out our plan to rebuild Nova Scotia’s economy over the coming months,” says Baillie. “I believe in Nova Scotia and our province’s potential. Stephen McNeil is content to manage our province’s slow decline, but that’s not good enough. We will show Nova Scotians a true alternative to Premier McNeil’s cut and slash approach.”