Tories Say the "Province is in Trouble"
Seven days from now, as many as 11,000 families will be left to wonder where their next pay cheque is coming from. That’s the view of Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston.
Houston says, “This Liberal government had over five years to plan and prepare, but every action they’ve taken has been too little, too late. It has been total mismanagement at the highest level.”
Houston and Tory Rushton, PC Lands and Forestry critic, held a press conference this morning to call on the McNeil government to strike an All-Party Committee to travel the province to seek solutions for the future of the industry, and to raise questions of 16 Ministers and departments who have all demonstrated a complete inability to handle this file.
The PC Caucus believes that elected officials have a responsibility to be part of this process.
“Families won’t know how they’re going to pay their mortgage or afford groceries, and businesses don’t know if they can meet payroll or make payments on their heavy equipment,” says Houston. “It would be irresponsible of us, as elected officials, to sit back and do nothing. Enough hiding behind faceless bureaucrats. We passed the law, we should face the people.”
Houston and Rushton agree the Liberals have no idea what the ramifications of a weakened Forestry industry will have on the province.
Rushton says, “This government is so ill-prepared for what’s about to happen in this province. Every single department will feel it. I know the government rarely, if ever, listens to Opposition, but we’re here today warning them: this province is in trouble.”
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