Originally Posted by RyeJay
This is Dexter pandering for votes.
Are there absolutely any advantages to moving these government jobs out of Nova Scotia's economic engine -- which is what HALIFAX is -- to dying rural areas of the province that shall continue to decline even after the installment of these jobs?!
I really wish the province would grow a pair and get serious about dealing with rural Nova Scotia, which cannot at all sustain itself without Haligonian help. To hell with rural Nova Scotians wailing about the rural vs. urban political divide; Halifax is Nova Scotia's financial reason for existing. These small town subsidies are permanent economic hemorrhages. The province should force them to urbanise.
Well, the deed is done. Fast Frankie Corbett got 25 poor saps relocated to his riding in New Waterford, for God's sake - wonder what they did to deserve that. Only upside for them is that if they own a house here, they can sell it and buy something in Waterford for about 10% of the value. Stumblin' Sterling Belliveau got the same done for his riding of Shelburne. Lovable but Loopy Lenore Zann was the big winner, with a bunch of Agriculture folks getting shanghaied to Truro. Maybe they can commute. The most bizarre one is Fisheries going to Digby. Not that there aren't fisheries there. But the head office operation? WTH are they going to do being 4 hours away from the capitol? Does the Minister have to leave for Cabinet meetings at 4AM?
It is absolutely insane. This will cost a lot of money in travel, relocation, severance, lease-busting... just lunacy.