Rankin flees the scene of his own announcement

Liberal Leader Iain Rankin fled protesters and accountability for his dismal record on healthcare when he refused to take questions from reporters.

"Today, to avoid questions about healthcare, Iain Rankin fled the scene of his own announcement,” said Barbara Adams, PC candidate for Eastern Passage. “We have seen time and time again during this campaign Iain Rankin refusing to take responsibility for his record - his Owls Head secret giveaway to American billionaires, sexism and double standards by his inner circle about the former Liberal candidate in Dartmouth South, his own criminal record.  Iain won’t be able to avoid Nova Scotians holding him accountable in this election.”

In an announcement today that was protested by disability activists, Iain Rankin ran away from reporters, refusing to take questions.

“I understand why Iain doesn’t want to talk about his record on health -- more Nova Scotians are without a family doctor, more emergency rooms are closing and ambulance shortages are happening more frequently - this is the record of Iain Rankin’s Liberals on healthcare,” says Adams.

“Nova Scotians face a clear choice in this election: Iain Rankin who refuses to answer for his healthcare record, or Tim Houston’s healthcare solutions.”

At today’s announcement, long-time cabinet minister and Rankin’s leadership rival Labi Kousoulis broke with Rankin and doubled-down on the 2013 broken Liberal promise of a doctor for every Nova Scotian, despite the doctor wait list increasing to nearly 72,000 people.

“The solution to hallway medicine is not nicer hallways,” says Adams. “We need to recruit and retain more healthcare professionals and to do that we need to change the culture away from the Rankin Liberals who have made this healthcare crisis worse and worse.”

PC Leader Tim Houston is the only party leader who has stated that healthcare will be his number one priority as Premier. Houston’s plan, Solutions for Nova Scotia, includes the following commitments on physician recruitment and retention:

  • Respect and value our healthcare providers through improved salaries for family physicians and increased local decision-making;
  • Establish a physician pension fund tied to return of service agreements;
  • Establish a clinical health services plan in every region;
  • Implement a focused strategy to support internationally-trained graduates, including increasing the number of residency seats for Canadian students trained abroad; and
  • Create mentoring relationships for new graduates.