HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says the McNeil Liberals tried to pull a fast one when it comes to toll roads.
Today, the government announced, just days before an anticipated election call, that they have found $390 million in capital funding for twinned highways. This announcement comes only after taxpayers said a resounding “no” to the Liberals’ plan for tolls.
Baillie says Premier McNeil should apologize to Nova Scotians for trying to scare them into paying expensive tolls when the option for government funding was there all along.
“The McNeil Liberals told taxpayers again and again that if they wanted safe roads they were going to have to pay for it out their own pockets,” says Baillie. “They tried to play on people’s fears and emotions about safety. It was only when taxpayers stood up for themselves that McNeil decided to use the funding he already had available.”
Baillie says Nova Scotians need to be able to trust their government to do the right thing.
“The first option should never be to dig even deeper into the pockets of hardworking Nova Scotians,” says Baillie. “Today, we see that’s exactly what Premier McNeil tried to do.”