Today, Rob Batherson, Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative candidate for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, challenged the McNeil Liberals’ record when it comes to Nova Scotia’s youth.
“For four years now, Stephen McNeil has failed young Nova Scotians. The Liberals haven’t invested in job creation and they haven’t created the right conditions for a growing economy,” said Batherson. “Thousands of young Nova Scotians are leaving our province searching for work. Not only does this cost Nova Scotia billions, but it divides our families and communities.”
Statistics Canada reports that from March 2013 to March 2017, Nova Scotia has lost 3,300 youth jobs. In the last year alone, the province lost 1,300 youth jobs.
Stephen McNeil ironically held a media conference today to promote his government’s record on opportunities for youth.
“Seemingly, Stephen McNeil has forgotten that his government took tens of millions of dollars from young Nova Scotians,” added Batherson, pointing out that in 2014, the McNeil Liberals eliminated the Graduate Retention Rebate, which amounts to a $49.5 million cut.
This money was not re-invested into post-secondary education or jobs training programs.
“That’s the Stephen McNeil way. He’s slashed programs that keep Nova Scotian youth here in Nova Scotia with their families. If McNeil is elected again, he’ll simply return to his old ways.”
“Now, more than ever, our province needs the vision and action of Jamie Baillie who knows the potential that exists right here in Nova Scotia. The Progressive Conservatives will invest in job creation and training to ensure our youth stay home,” concluded Batherson.