Provincial Politicians Ignoring Cape Breton

It seems that the Government does not want to listen to the people who employ them.

Ottawa says we have to deal with this Equalization mess on a Provincial level and the Provincial politicians do not want to talk to us.

What choice do we have but to get organized and protest here in Cape Breton!

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13 thoughts on “Provincial Politicians Ignoring Cape Breton”

  1. When is the first protest? How will we know in advance.? It is time to demand change and I hear lots of people talking about this. Keep up the good work.

  2. Thanks Caper. Our group is working long and hard at this issue. We will be in a position to protest very soon and when you sign up on this site, you will receive an email informing you of the meetings and protests. There is a meeting on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30 pm. at the Cedars Club on MacKenzie Street in Sydney. The CBRM Councillors have been invited to attend as well as a very large and growing group of concerned people. Everyone is welcome.
    DR. Rev. Albert Maroun

  3. For to many years this government(all stripes) here in Nova Scotia have kept us hostage when it comes to fairness for the equalization program. Our municipalities are dying (some have already),were forced to join with some other municipality because they were at death-door! Our group NSEF have contacted every level of government and it has fallen on deaf ears. There is absolutely no respect for Section 36 of the Constitution Act of 1982 from any of our provincial governments,passed or present here in Nova Scotia, this act was put in place to assist regions experiencing high unemployment and economic instability. Governments here in N.S. have talked the talk, when looking to be elected, but when elected they continued to snub you and ignore any talk around equalization. Well enough is enough, we the people need to act and take back our power, let us receive what is our entitlement to the equalization program is, no more sitting back.

    1. I very much hope this issue can remain nonpartisan in the sense that nobody vying for public office grabs the issue and runs with it, as their own.

  4. Over the two decades of the equalization struggle none of our provincial and federal politicians have fought the political system to represent the voters who put them in office.
    Over that period, the CBRM has been robbed of approximately $4 billion if the 26% of the yearly federal equalization payments that was generated because of the fiscal deficiency of our many municipal units had received that sum instead of the NS government less than one percent of that yearly federal transfer. The loss to the remainder of Nova Scotia’s municipal units is another $4 billion.

    This kind of political corruption will continue, if we continue to re-elect the same politicians as before who have sat quietly as our community is economically in decline. The ones benefiting from this arrangement are the very politicians we continue to elect who continue to not represent their community. Their handsome salaries continue and their hefty pensions will be paid.

    We are an excellent manifestation of the failure of representative government. Voting proves to change nothing in our situation. Even changing the vote to another political party has not changed anything. All the political parties when forming the government take their marching orders from the controlling money interests that want the Capital Region to be the growth center for this province. The residents of the outlying areas beyond the boundary of the Capital Region are being told that they will have to fend for themselves as the financial benefits of the equalization they are sent by the federal government will be used in the Capital Region.
    Unless and until the voters stop re-electing people as they have been all these years, CBRM will continue on its present trajectory down in economic decline.
    Our politicians cannot be relied upon to fight for justice.

    Our business and residential taxes will remain extremely high or even higher eventually and the quality of our services will keep going down if we keep doing the same thing each election time.

    We need more people to gather at the meeting of NSEF to expose how our government is working to destroy our economic future. Come to our meetings to learn the details of how you are being robbed by your elected representatives who do absolutely nothing to draw attention to this robbery.

    NSEF next meeting is MARCH 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the CEDARS CLUB off Townsend Street, SYDNEY by the Kays Kozy Korner. Come and bring a friend or two or more.

  5. A letter that came to NSEF via Email:

    I am appalled at the equalization numbers you are quoting! I’m sure they are accurate but is there a website where I can confirm them? Sadly, I am one of the lifelong Cape Bretoners who have sat back and not done anything about it! Same apathy as the majority. I only vote so I can have the right to complain when the politicians do nothing – which is 99% of the time! How can we get the young people (my husband and I are retired seniors) to start sharing their concerns (loudly) before they pack up and head for greener pastures with more opportunities? Every time we visit Halifax, I am saddened by the amount of growth and progress there while Cape Breton and the rest of rural NS is dying a slow death!!!

  6. Above is a comment from someone on our website. We have provided the sender with the proof of our numbers, so I thought I would share them publicly for the readers. The links are below.

    The above links will show what Ottawa sends to the Provincial Government in Halifax and what they send out to the towns and municipalities in the province. The numbers are sickening and people should be aware of this crime against the people of Nova Scotia’s outlying communities. This is why every town is dying and Halifax is thriving. Time to stand up and demand to be heard on this issue.

  7. I have been very concerned about this for years and I’m joining you.I have a dew ideas. One of them is: do you think we should team up with all the other towns which have been robbed.
    I agree with the above Lady and we all do of course. It is nothing short of scandalous that the money is used on luxury things, extravagantly built, way beyond what is needed to be efficient.
    that does not create any business, all that within probably 2 square kilometers. éWatch the new hospital up there. It is going to be a palace no doubt. Meanwhile our kids have to drive 450 km to see a doctor for a mental crisis. Let’s Unite and fight it. Mayor Morgan worked so hard and, if I remember right Cecil Clark was the Minister of Justice when John’s appeal was refused, and stopped dead by the High Court of Justice of Nova Scotia

    1. Thank you Madame Tanner. You are right and the fact that we are so “unequal” is a crime against the people of Cape Breton Island. Our name is the Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness and when we started it was to fight for all areas of the province and back in the day we have reached out to all the areas and board members actually went there to meet with them. The various towns and municipalities did not join us so we fought for our Island. We do have kits ready for each town in Nova Scotia to join our movement including websites, email and contacts so they may join our fight. We continue to contact them today. Together, we could make the difference but we can not force anyone to do anything.

      Thank you for being a part of this group Madame Tanner and thank you for spending your life educating people of Cape Breton, you were an amazing teacher.

  8. Is there not a role for the federal government to ensure that the equalization payments are being distributed fairly and to ensure that our constitutional rights are being met? Why not extend the invite to our members of Parliament…they have a responsibility to Cape Breton as well as our MLAs?
    Thank you

    1. Thank you very much Karen Shea for your comment: I certainly would agree that the Federal Government should have a role in how the equalization payments are being distributed. But in the passed the Federal Government has said that it is the Provincial Governments obligation to distribute the payments to the municipalities as they see fit. We, Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness have being in touch with the Federal Government over the last many years about what is happening with our provincial government concerning the injustic of the equalization payments. But I believe it is going to take the Feds getting involved with the N.S. provincial gov. to finally solve this injustic. Most of all I believe as the people of Nova Scotia are getting more aware this will definitely come to the fore-front.

  9. CBC radio’s The Current this morning (March 14)carried a feature on abandoned housing and economic decline in Cape Breton; I e-mailed the suggestion that a root cause, misappropriation of equalization funds, be investigated by The Current or another CBC program, citing as helpful sources and Dr. Guy’s column in today’s Cape Breton Post. Given my wretched luck with computers, it might help if a few others were to send such suggestions.

    I have several questions: On what grounds was the NSEF’s appeal to the NS courts rejected? Why did no other community join ours in this struggle? Have other provinces experienced similar problems with their equalization grants?

    Finally, thanks to the stalwarts who have carried on the struggle for years, despite all discouragements.

    1. Thank you Margaret for your input. We will contact CBC Radio…The Current and see what other information they may need to do an investigation concerning the misappropriation of equalization funds.Question 1. NSEF hasn’t yet appealed to the NS courts concerning the misappropriation of equalization funds. But in 2009 the CBRM, Mayor John Morgan appealed to the NS Courts to have the case for equalization heard,but the judge of the day threw the case out and it was never heard, judge said the municipality can’t sue the provincial government.Question 2. NSEF has tried to get other municipalities to be involved over the last few years, we are trying right now by sending out to every municipality information on our cause, we are expecting a positive response. Question 3.Yes, there are about 43 other municipalities in N.S. going through the same situation as CBRM. Margaret I hope we have answered your questions,if you need further information,please leave them here.Thank you.

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