HAMMONDS PLAINS, NS – Today Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie unveiled his plan to create up to 20,000 new jobs by fixing the fundamentals of the economy. Meanwhile, the McNeil Liberals unveiled, as part of their debt-heavy platform, a short-term Band-Aid solution for graduates.
Hammonds Plains-Lucasville Progressive Conservative candidate Gina Byrne is a franchisee of a local restaurant with over 60 staff, the majority of which are graduates who have not been able to move into their professional careers because of the damage the Dexter NDP have done to the economy. Byrne says today’s announcement from Stephen McNeil again proves the Liberals don’t know how to manage the economy, either.
“If the Liberals were serious about job creation and opportunities for new graduates, they would have a real plan to get the economy on track and not more NDP-like window dressing,” said Byrne. “The real key to economic opportunity for new graduates lies in lowering taxes, freezing power rates, stopping wasteful spending and creating more jobs.”
Byrne says it will be tough for new graduates to build a future in Nova Scotia if the McNeil Liberals are elected. Like the Dexter NDP, the Liberals have a dangerous economic agenda that will result in high taxes, high power rates, more reckless spending and lost jobs.
Byrne says the Progressive Conservative plan to lower taxes, freeze power rates, stop wasteful spending and create more jobs includes positive changes to help more young people enter into skilled trades every year.
A Progressive Conservative government will invest $18 million over four years to double the number of people who can complete their apprenticeship training at home in Nova Scotia.
This year, almost 1,600 apprentices registered. With the PC plan, more than 3,000 young people will be able to prepare for good, sustainable jobs, right here at home.
“Our detailed plan will actually result in more opportunities for young tradespeople without running up the deficit,” said Byrne. “The Progressive Conservative plan, Change that Works, will create an environment where graduates can set down roots.”