‘I think it was poor judgment’: Nova Scotia Liberal MLA calls NDP ad ‘offensive’

A new advertisement released by the Nova Scotia NDP has drawn the ire of one MLA, who says it unfairly depicts his community as impoverished.

Halifax Atlantic MLA Brendan Maguire took to social media following the release of the advertisement, which shows Nova Scotia NDP Leader Gary Burrill walking through Spryfield while he speaks about how many Nova Scotians are “crushed by debt, paid less than they’re worth or stuck working two or three jobs to make ends meet”.

Maguire’s frustration stems from what he believes was the use of locations in his constituency to illustrate an undesirable area, while happier parts were filmed elsewhere.

He says that perpetuates a stereotype that’s been in place for decades that offends those who call the community home.

“There’s always been a stigma and a stereotype over this community and it still happens to this day,” Maguire said at his constituency office in Spryfield.

“The offensive side of this was it was a conscious decision to come out here to show the have-nots.”

Burrill says their intention wasn’t to single out any one community for good or bad reasons.

In the video, he indicated, he speaks about the province as a whole and the need for more investment to fight poverty across Nova Scotia.

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