DARTMOUTH, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Stephen McNeil must fight to keep Atlantic Canadian artifacts housed at the Dartmouth archaeology storage lab in the province.
The federal Liberal government is set to shut down the lab in Dartmouth and move the artifacts to Quebec.
According to a recent article in Maclean’s, Parks Canada’s state-of-the-art Dartmouth facility houses over a million relics from across Atlantic Canada, including items from the pre-expulsion of Grand Pré and dozens of Mi’kmaq artifacts.
“These Atlantic Canadian artifacts are essential for understanding the history of our region, which is why it is so important that they stay here, where they belong,” says Baillie. “Moving them so they can collect dust in a storage facility in Quebec will be disastrous, not only for local scientists and historians, but also for the general public.”
Concerned scientists across the province have been speaking out against the decision, and Baillie says Premier Stephen McNeil should be doing more to join them in their fight.
“This is all happening under Stephen McNeil’s watch. He has a responsibility to Nova Scotians to do what’s best for the region,” says Baillie. “Yet, with the way things are headed, it looks like Atlantic Canadians are going to lose access to hundreds of Acadian and Mi’kmaq artifacts.”
Baillie says it’s time for Premier McNeil and Nova Scotia’s Liberal Members of Parliament to draw a hard line with the Ottawa Liberals. He also wants them to tell Nova Scotians exactly what they are doing to ensure the artifacts are protected.
“Nova Scotians need to see leadership and immediate action from all Liberal politicians in Atlantic Canada, especially Premier McNeil,” says Baillie.