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Tories pounce over new Pictou Co. jail

Building the new 100-cell prison in Pictou County will save the province approximately $5.5 million in construction costs and $1.7 million in operations per year, according to Justice Minister Ross Landry.

Building the new 100-cell prison in Pictou County will save the province approximately $5.5 million in construction costs and $1.7 million in operations per year, according to Justice Minister Ross Landry.

But opposition critics remain focused on what they call a “broken promise” to the people in Cumberland County.

At a press conference in Thorburn yesterday, Landry announced the new $31-million provincial jail will be built in nearby Coalburn, which is just east of New Glasgow.

The jail will service courts in Truro, Antigonish, Pictou and Port Hawksbury. Department of Justice officials also say it will lighten the load on current provincial prisons, including the Central Nova Correctional Facility.

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie accused the province of “manipulation,” alleging the government had long-ago decided to locate the prison in Pictou.

“That decision was made on a political basis, not on a business-case basis as it should have been,” he said yesterday.

Baillie said he doesn’t trust the government’s estimate that it will save $1.7 million a year by locating the jail between Cumberland County and Antigonish.

 
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