McNeil failing on key Ivany goals, NS needs population growth

New census data shows NS population flatlined

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the McNeil Liberals are failing on key Ivany Report goals to grow Nova Scotia’s population.

New data released from Statistics Canada shows that Nova Scotia’s population has only grown 0.2 per cent between 2011 and 2016, the second worst growth in the country. There are now just under 924,000 residing in Nova Scotia.

“We need more people. Growing our population is key to growing our economy and creating jobs,” says Baillie. “Too many people are leaving because there are not enough jobs – 13,300 fewer full-time jobs in the last year. The Premier doesn’t know how to get our economy going. He’s failing us.”

It’s been three years since the Ivany report, Now or Never: An Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians was released. The anniversary is coming up on February 12. The report outlined 19 goals, two goals related to population growth.

Baillie says the Ivany Report laid out a road map and Premier McNeil chose to ignore it.

“Premier McNeil put the Ivany Report through the shredder. He’s not listening to Nova Scotians,” says Baillie. “We need more jobs so people can earn a decent living and afford to raise their families here. Until that happens, people will continue to be forced to move away.”

Baillie says Nova Scotia is better than this.

“I am running for Premier of this province because I know Nova Scotia can be better than this. We should be doing so much better,” says Baillie. “I believe in the future of Nova Scotia. It can be bright. We can be prosperous. We can be rich with pride and opportunity. We need a change in government to get that ball rolling.”

Two important jobs initiatives the PCs have already announced are: to put vocational training back in schools, to end corporate welfare by eliminating payroll rebates and to provide earned jobs-based tax relief for businesses.

Baillie says a PC government will focus on creating jobs for Nova Scotians and through that, growing our population.