Cumberland South PC candidate Tory Rushton wonders if Iain Rankin will be recycling a broken Liberal promise from the last election when he visits Cumberland County Tuesday morning.
In 2017, former Liberal leader Stephen McNeil promised the Cobequid Pass tolls would be removed in 2019. That promise was broken with the end date changed to 2026. When asked in the Legislature in April 2021, Transportation and Active Transit Minister Lloyd Hines was non-committal about even meeting the 2026 date.
“Iain Rankin’s Liberals are just like Stephen McNeil’s Liberals. They don’t care about Cumberland County and they make promises at election time that they will forget as soon as the election is over,” said Rushton, whose Cumberland South constituency includes part of the Cobequid Pass. “If they recycle their broken promise of removing the Cobequid Pass tolls, voters will be left to wonder what broken Liberal promise will Iain Rankin next? Maybe a doctor for every Nova Scotian!”
The following is the Liberal record on the Cobequid Pass:
- In 2015, the Cobequid Pass was set for repayment in 2019.
- In 2016, the McNeil Liberals said they were extending the project life from 2019 to 2026.
- In 2017, after intense criticism from the PC Party, the McNeil Liberals backtracked and promised the tolls would come off in 2019.
- In the 2017 Liberal Platform, the McNeil Liberals said they would remove the tolls when the bonds are paid off, projected for 2019.
- After the 2017 election, it was revealed in the government’s Public Accounts report that tolls will cease upon complete payment of all costs, which is projected for 2026.
- For the last several years, Iain Rankin’s Transportation and Active Minister Lloyd Hines has maintained the tolls will stay in place until 2026 or perhaps beyond that date.
“Iain Rankin’s Liberals had eight years to remove the Cobequid Pass tolls,” added Rushton. “The only way to get rid of the Cobequid Pass tolls is to send the Liberals packing and elect a new PC government with solutions for Nova Scotians.”