Premier Darrell Dexter today, June 29, thanked Digby-Annapolis MLA Harold “Junior” Theriault for his years of service to the province and his constituents, and wished him all the best in the future. Mr. Theriault announced today he will not run in the next provincial election. “I have known Junior for many years,” said Premier Dexter. “He has a great sense of humour and has always worked hard to represent the people of Digby-Annapolis. I know how demanding public service can be, and Junior always took the role seriously. “I understand his desire to make more time for himself and his family, and I wish him all the best.” Mr. Theriault was first elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2006 and again in 2009. He also serves on the Veterans Affairs committee.
Business minister Ian Pearson MP responded to the debate recognising government’s ongoing dialogue with the industry but saying state aid must only be an exceptional measure in exceptional circumstances. Following an industry meeting with Lord Mandelson on 27 November, SMMT is awaiting an official government response to the proposed measures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Possible government support for the UK motor industry was debated in Westminster Hall this afternoon (17 December 2008) following a proposal by Sandra Gidley MP. On behalf of the industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called for government to support the UK automotive sector from dealers to vehicle manufacturers, through to the supply chain. The package includes allowing manufacturers’ finance companies access to the Bank of England’s special liquidity arrangements, loan facilities, a review of motoring taxation and support for training, research and development. Following the debate, SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: ‘The motor industry is facing unprecedented market conditions which are having a direct impact on UK jobs and manufacturing. Normally strong companies are facing a bleak future purely as a result of the global banking crisis. It is now vital for UK government to follow the lead of other EU countries and act immediately to demonstrate its commitment to the motor industry and manufacturing as a whole.’