McNeil’s bigger cabinet doesn’t address province’s big problems

PC leadership candidate and Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says today’s cabinet shuffle by Premier Stephen McNeil fails to address the big problems facing Nova Scotia

McNeil expanded the cabinet by adding longtime Hants West MLA Chuck Porter as Municipal Affairs Minister, while leaving major portfolios like Health and Finance untouched.

“Giving Chuck Porter a cabinet minister’s salary and adding to the cost of cabinet to taxpayers will not solve a single one of Nova Scotia’s problems,” said Smith-McCrossin.  “Health care is still in crisis with no plan from the Health Minister to fix it.  Our economy is still the worst performing in Canada with no plan from the Premier to encourage the private sector to fix it.  Our taxes are still sky-high with no plan from the Finance Minister to fix it.”

Smith-McCrossin acknowledged that bringing mines together into the Energy Department is a move that makes sense, but called it a half-measure. She added that the Premier should have also moved forestry into an expanded Energy, Mines and Natural Resources Department, with responsibility for land conservation, protected areas and parks moving into a stronger Environment, Climate Change and Parks Department.

“We need our resource industries to have a single point of contact in government and we need a stronger Department of Environment and Climate Change to protect what we value for future generations.  This is smarter, better government, instead of larger, top-heavy government under the McNeil Liberals,” said Smith-McCrossin.  “Those who aspire to be leader of the PC Party and Premier of Nova Scotia shouldn’t just criticize the Liberals, they need to propose alternatives and solutions.” 

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