McNeil’s effectiveness as a negotiator for Nova Scotia once again called into question
HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie wants to know why the Prime Minister seems to think the province has not identified federal funds for a new Victoria General hospital as a priority.
Last night in Dartmouth, when asked whether he would partner with our provincial government to replace our hospitals, Prime Minister Trudeau dodged the question, saying, “I don’t think it should be the Federal government to decide what the local community’s priorities are.”
The Prime Minister went on to say, “We need to be there to be partners to fund the priorities that the provinces and the municipalities put forward.”
Baillie says this flies in the face of the Premier telling Nova Scotians that he asked for funding help with the VG project but was denied.
“Last year the Premier told Nova Scotians that the Prime Minister said no to helping with the costs of a new VG, yet the Prime Minister now implies that the province failed to identify it as a priority. “What’s really going on here?” asks Baillie. “Regardless of what really happened in those backroom discussions, it’s becoming obvious to Nova Scotians that Liberals talking to Liberals isn’t working.”
Baillie says it’s clear Nova Scotians aren’t getting the full story.
“Either Premier McNeil didn’t actually ask for funding or the Prime Minister isn’t actually prepared to partner with the provinces like he claims,” says Baillie. “What we know for sure is that we have an aging hospital in desperate need of repair and patients are suffering because of it.”
The Progressive Conservative leader says a new VG hospital should be a high priority for provincial and federal Liberals.
“The hospital in our provincial capital has been notoriously labelled ‘third world.’ It’s plagued by floods, rodents, bedbugs and mould. Liberals have been dragging their feet for too long.” says Baillie. “The Prime Minister won 32 seats in Atlantic Canada promising new infrastructure funds. The Premier promised to be a strong voice for Nova Scotia. In both cases, Nova Scotians are feeling taken for granted and let down by Liberals.”
Baillie says the Premier’s effectiveness as a negotiator who knows how to stand up for Nova Scotia is once again in question after the Prime Minister’s comments.
“This isn’t the first time the Premier has failed to stand up to Ottawa when it comes to our health care,” says Baillie pointing to the health accord funding side deal. “Nova Scotians are tired of their Premier getting outsmarted every time he tries to make a deal.”