PC health critic calls for Liberals to publicize hospital redevelopment plans

November 09, 2017 at 9:56 am

CBC building purchase highlights need for transparency, says Smith-McCrossin

Progressive Conservative health critic Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says the McNeil Liberals’ piecemeal roll out of its hospital redevelopment project highlights the need for all details of the plan to be made public.

Smith-McCrossin is calling on the Liberals to share the plan with taxpayers, so Nova Scotia can see where their hard-earned dollars are being spent.

“The Liberals campaigned on this, but it’s been five months and we have yet to see the specifics,” says Smith-McCrossin. “I would like the Premier and his Ministers to be more transparent about what’s involved in this massive project, and where we are in the timeline.”

Last week, it was revealed that the province spent $4.5 million to purchase the CBC building on Summer Street, but information about what’s in store for the site were unclear. Smith-McCrossin says it is a similar situation to when the province spent $7.5 million on the Whopper Drop land in Bayers Lake in April.

“The hospital redevelopment plan is a massive project with a lot of taxpayers’ money involved,” says Smith-McCrossin. “It’s important for government to get it right and spend these precious dollars wisely. That means having a clearly laid-out plan for the hospital redevelopment. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced such a plan exists.”

She adds there are significant problems within healthcare across the province, and the Liberals need to build trust with Nova Scotians who feel let down by the healthcare system.

“With the Whopper Drop announcement last spring and this news of the CBC building purchase, it looks like a piecemeal approach. I’m asking the Premier to show us how it all connects,” says Smith-McCrossin. “It’s time for his government to build trust with Nova Scotians and show them the plans for Nova Scotia’s hospitals.”