Today I had the pleasure of introducing my friend, and the next Premier of Nova Scotia, Jamie Baillie, at a rally held at our Halifax Citadel – Sable Island HQ. This is an incredibly important issue for the constituents of Halifax Citadel – Sable Island, so I wanted to share my remarks and the video for residents to view.
Good morning everybody.
Happy Victoria Day!
Is everyone having a great weekend?
People here in Halifax Citadel-Sable Island and across the province are facing a clear choice in eight days.
A choice between Stephen McNeil’s status quo health care system in crisis…
Or Jamie Baillie’s long term vision for a healthier Nova Scotia and a fiscally responsible plan of action to get us there.
Knocking on doors in this constituency, here’s what I have been hearing.
I’ve heard from one of our leading surgeons who told me our doctors have been shut out from decision-making – something Stephen McNeil finally acknowledged in the middle of an election campaign after three and a half years as Premier.
I’ve heard from a physiotherapist – someone who presents on pain management around the world – who isn’t consulted on the same topic here at home.
I’ve heard from a nurse – just this weekend – who said it sure would be nice to work at a hospital where there isn’t a code census almost every day.
I’ve heard from a psychiatrist who is worried that the one size fits all approach by senior health care administrators is challenging the ability to deliver good mental health care.
I’ve heard from medical students, nursing students, pharmacy students who wonder whether there’s a future for them here in Nova Scotia.
I’ve heard from seniors and persons with disabilities who are worried about losing outpatient services to a remote location in an industrial park.
I’ve heard from someone who wrote our government seeking help to bring his son and daughter-in-law – both doctors – home to Nova Scotia.
You know what answer this person got from Stephen McNeil’s government?
Nothing. No answer.
That is not acceptable. As MLA for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, I will give voice to the people in this constituency who have been ignored by their government.
I could literally write a book on what the people of Halifax Citadel-Sable have told me about health care in this province.
Yet Stephen McNeil fails to accept the serious crisis in health care that is raging while he’s sitting in the Premier’s Office.
I was never so proud of our leader Jamie Baillie when he held Stephen McNeil accountable for his promise from the last election of a doctor for every Nova Scotian.
I know that Jamie Baillie is a leader who is positive, inclusive, respectful and open – not angry, dismissive and arrogant.
For those who want positive change in health care, let’s elect MLAs who will stand up for better health care – working with our health care professionals.
For those who want positive change in health care, let’s make sure we have a Premier who will listen, who has vision, who has a plan of action…
My friend and our next Premier – Jamie Baillie!