McNeil: EI Claimants Up as Dexter Continues Economic Mismanagement
Liberal leader Stephen McNeil says the Dexter government’s economic mismanagement is creating further stress in Nova Scotia as the number of EI claimants increases just as the Harper government announces its changes to the program.
“In the last month, Nova Scotia saw the largest increase in the number of people collecting EI in the entire country,” says McNeil. “The Dexter government needs to do more than merely point fingers at Ottawa – they need to start focusing on job creation.”
McNeil says there are more than 31,000 Nova Scotians collecting benefits.
“Clearly the Dexter government is not doing enough to create the kind of economy that can generate jobs and create wealth,” says McNeil. “The NDP have been in power for almost three years and they cannot point to a single new job their government has created – this government is failing Nova Scotians and failing the unemployed.”
McNeil says the Dexter government must stop banking on future megaprojects.
“There are large projects in our province’s future, but people are suffering today and they have been struggling for the last three years,” says McNeil. “We are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on this government’s jobs strategy and the Dexter government has nothing to show for their efforts and all of the tax money spent.”
McNeil demands the immediate release of a jobs strategy update.
“Yesterday, we learned that the Dexter government receives regular updates about their jobs strategy,” says McNeil. “The people of the province need an update – they need to know if their money is being well spent.”
“Reversing the economic mismanagement of this government takes on a new urgency in light of the federal changes to EI – they need to take action and be accountable to the people of Nova Scotia.”
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