Tory leader says McNeil’s tough talk is cheap
HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Premier Stephen McNeil’s tough talk is cheap when not followed up with action. He says Premier McNeil could simply stop blaming others and get Norwegian veteran Petter Blindheim a bed at Camp Hill Memorial Hospital.
“Talking tough is not enough,” says Baillie. “Do something. Premier McNeil has the power make sure Mr. Blindheim gets the care he needs.”
Yesterday, the federal Liberals and provincial Liberals were pointing fingers at each other while Mr. Blindheim and veterans get increasingly frustrated.
Reported by Local Xpress, Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore said, “The federal money is there, it’s been offered for the bed, in what’s called a community bed. Like I said, I don’t know why the province hasn’t placed this veteran in a bed.” Premier McNeil took shots at the federal bureaucracy.
Baillie says it’s time for the federal and provincial Liberals to stop blaming each other and get to a solution.
“Mr. Blindheim fought for our freedom and protected our way of life,” says Baillie. “Every Remembrance Day, we attend ceremonies and lament the dwindling number of elderly veterans. I cannot believe Liberal governments at two levels are treating Mr. Bindheim like a bureaucratic ping pong ball. He put his life on the line and now the Liberals are squabbling over whether or not he should get care. Liberals blaming Liberals isn’t working. Mr. Blindheim is 94 and a war hero. Get him the care he needs now.”