Progressive Conservative MLAs Eddie Orrell, Alfie MacLeod and Keith Bain are calling on the Liberal government to end its silence and immediately support an audit of the Municipal Equalization payment model for Nova Scotia.
Two weeks ago, on May 4, 2018, the three MLAs sent a letter to Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil and Minister for Municipal Affairs, Dereck Mombourquette, asking for them to support the call for the Auditor General to conduct an audit of the Municipal Equalization payments distributed to municipalities in Nova Scotia. The Cape Breton MLAs haven’t heard from the McNeil government, so they directly followed up with the office of the Auditor General.
“We want to make sure the Municipal Equalization payment model is fair. We feel an audit is important to make sure that our island is getting its fair share,” says MacLeod, the MLA for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg. “The Liberal government has an opportunity to be transparent and we hope they support this audit.”
Orrell and Bain agree.
“One in three children in Cape Breton lives in poverty. It breaks my heart,” says Orrell, the MLA for Northside-Westmount. “We can’t stand by and say nothing, so in the interest of fairness and common decency, it’s time to act.”
Bain says his constituency office sees many challenging cases.
“Every day, the three of us come face-to-face with issues that prevent Cape Bretoners from living healthy and fulfilling lives,” says Bain, the MLA for Victoria-The Lakes. “Those people deserve to have their concerns answered.”
Bain, MacLeod and Orrell are looking forward to the Auditor General accepting their request so the people of CBRM can finally have clear answers to their concerns.