Cumberland North MLA Murray Scott is giving props to the federal government and taking another shot at the provincial NDP.

In a release issued on Thursday, the Tory justice critic said he was pleased to hear the federal Conservative government was investing $17 million on upgrades to the federal prison in Springhill.

But Scott, an outspoken proponent of the NDP government’s decision to close the provincial jail in Amherst and not build a new prison in the town, also took the province to task in the release.

“The (Darrell) Dexter government may have turned their backs on investing in Cumberland County, but the federal government sees the importance of the correctional facility in Springhill,” he stated.

Upgrades set for completion in 2012.

• Prison The upgrades to the Springhill prison will include two new housing units to handle 192 additional inmate spaces. The project is expected to be complete in 2012.