Hines fails to protect Sherbrooke residents from cutback in EHS services

March 17, 2017 at 10:31 am

MLA Lloyd Hines is failing his constituents

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SHERBROOKE, NS – Progressive Conservative candidate for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, Rob Wolf, says Natural Resources Minister and MLA Lloyd Hines is failing his constituents by not using his influence with the Liberal government to shut down the Emergency Health Service’s backroom plan to move its Sherbrooke depot to Melrose.

“Lloyd Hines’ failure to act on this issue is a perfect example of how he is ineffective as an MLA,” says Wolf. “Not only is he distracted, but he’s neglecting his constituents and not doing what’s best for the community.”

On March 7, Wolf called on Hines to address the community’s questions and concerns surrounding the possible abandonment of the Sherbrooke EHS depot for a new location in Melrose. The move would put the depot 16 kilometres away from the major population base and put sick residents at greater risk.

Hines has since put out a news release, saying he’s known EHS was relocating the base to Melrose–without any community consultation–since January 22. Hines also said St. Mary’s Council is working with EHS to plan a date for a public meeting, even though EHS was adamant with council that the decision to move the depot had already been made.

“Hines, who is a member of Stephen McNeil’s cabinet, let this happen right under his nose,” says Wolf. “For weeks, he did nothing to stop it. Clearly, he’s preoccupied with things in Halifax and not the things that matter to his constituents.”

Wolf says at this point, scheduling a meeting is too little, too late. Instead, he is calling on Lloyd Hines and Stephen McNeil to put a stop to the EHS depot move.

“People in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie pay high taxes like every other Nova Scotian, so they deserve the same level of service,” says Wolf. “As PC MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, I will stand up for residents to ensure their concerns are not looked over or forgotten again.”