McNeil gave $400k to former Liberal leader’s organization; cut $450k & 20 jobs from Tourism

March 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

Announcement to close two visitor information centres and axe 20 jobs came two weeks after money was given to Engage Nova Scotia

Two weeks after Stephen McNeil signed a contract to provide former Liberal leader Danny Graham’s organization with $400,000, he cut $450,000 from tourism, closing two visitor information centres leaving 20 people out of work. 

Documents obtained through a freedom of information request showed that the former Liberal leader was paid over $13,000 a month in the first quarter of 2016 to run his non-profit organization, Engage Nova Scotia

After announcing the continued $400,000 in funding to Graham’s organization in 2015, the McNeil Liberals closed two visitor information centres in Pictou and Digby. This decision resulted in 20 seasonal employees being laid off at a total savings of $450,000 for the government. 

When asked by CTV to describe the work of Engage Nova Scotia, the former Liberal leader replied, “[to] find all the different ways for us to be more ready, willing, and able, to be more collaborative, inclusive, and adaptive to the change that’s before us.”

Engage Nova Scotia’s mandate as described by its Chief Engagement Officer.