SYDNEY, NS – Progressive Conservative MLAs Alfie MacLeod and Eddie Orrell support CBRM’s request for a charter. They are calling on the Premier to ensure the government works with CBRM to have the legislation ready for the spring.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality is seeking a charter, which would allow the municipality more economic freedom and a greater ability to make decisions. In December, Premier Stephen McNeil indicated CBRM’s wish may soon be granted. PC MLA for Sydney River-Mira-Louisburg Alfie MacLeod says it’s time for the Premier to make that a reality.
“Halifax Regional Municipality received its own Charter in 2008, which allowed them broader powers and the ability to be more flexible with respect to governing their own affairs,” MacLeod said. “This is a real opportunity for the Premier to make good to the people of Cape Breton who feel like they are sometimes forgotten by the Liberal government in Halifax.”
Opportunities for development at the Port of Sydney are a driving force behind the necessity for a charter. Eddie Orrell, PC MLA for Northside-Westmount says with some major projects on the horizon for Cape Breton, it’s critical the municipality receive its own charter from the Province.
“There are interested parties that want to invest in Cape Breton. The municipality has been leading, but are constrained by out-of-date legislation,” Orrell said. “We support Cape Breton Regional Municipality getting more authority to develop it’s own assets and economy.”
MacLeod and Orrell both say that while promises from the McNeil government are one thing, concrete action is much better.