McNeil Liberals deny Cape Breton youth
Refuse to fund addiction services program
July 2, 2015
For immediate release
SYDNEY, NS – Progressive Conservative MLA for Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg, Alfie MacLeod, wants to know why community safety isn’t a priority for the McNeil government.
Earlier this week, the federal government announced $3.9 million through its national crime prevention fund to address the priority issue of violence related to substance abuse among Cape Breton youth. The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is providing $600,000 in funding for the program titled Resiliency Education Leadership Adventure and Youth Service. The province did not provide any funding, even though the ask was made to the provincial Department of Justice.
“This is a perfect example of where the Cape Breton Liberal MLAs could have really stepped up to speak out on behalf of their fellow islanders ,” MacLeod said. “Instead they showed up at the announcement, stood in the back, and left before media questions. Their silence on this issue, and their lack of funding for such a necessary and positive initiative, speaks volumes.”
Progressive Conservative by-election candidate for Sydney-Whitney Pier, Brian MacArthur, says the Liberal government’s unwillingness to provide matching funding is disappointing given all the addiction-related problems cropping up on the island recently.
“Times are tough for youth on the island,” MacArthur says. “They’re struggling with the inability to find jobs and that’s leading to all sorts of social issues.”
PC by-election candidate for Cape Breton Centre, Edna Lee, agrees.
“As a province, we should be doing all we can to set these kids up for future success,” Lee says. “I’d really like to know the rationale behind the Liberal government’s decision on this one.”
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