Strong economy: One million Nova Scotians

August 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Baillie announces goal to increase population to one million people

HALIFAX, NS – Our children and grandchildren deserve the opportunity to live and work in Nova Scotia says Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie and that’s why today Baillie announced his goal of one million Nova Scotians by 2025.

“We owe it to our kids to make sure they can have a bright future in Nova Scotia, like we did,” Baillie told the audience at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s STRAIGHT TALK event. “I am setting a goal of one million Nova Scotians, as a pillar of my plan to build a modern economy and attract jobs.

Baillie, a chartered accountant and the father of two teenage daughters, said Nova Scotia cannot have a growing economy with a shrinking working-age population. As the pool of workers gets smaller, fewer people are forced to pay more and more of the bill for important services like healthcare and education, he added.

According to HRSDC, the percentage of our population of people over 65 is going to rise from 16.5 per cent in 2011 to 28.6 per cent in 2036.

Baillie said it is important to show leadership and set achievable goals. He said that in the first 100 days of a PC Government, he will introduce a new detailed population growth plan.

“Too often, politics today is about criticizing the other side or making expensive promises to voters, but it can be much better than that,” said Baillie. “Leadership is about setting goals and calling on everyone to help achieve them.”

Since the NDP was elected, there are almost 7,400 fewer people in the province.

Baillie said the NDP raised taxes and power rates to the highest in the country and the Liberals do not have a plan to lower them.

“We need to make major changes now, starting at the top, if we are going to create a modern economy and attract the jobs for our young people,” said Baillie. “We need to set goals to turn our economy around and make our province an attractive place for families to live and work.”

Baillie said his government will focus on reducing barriers to business and creating a modern, dynamic, 21st century economy. A PC government will lower taxes, cut red tape, stop wasteful spending and kick-start Nova Scotia’s struggling economy.