The promises are contained in what amounted to a pre-election speech delivered Friday to the party's annual general meeting in Halifax.
McNeil said in reversing the education cuts — including a $13.4-million rollback for school boards announced in the most recent provincial budget — the Liberals would restore educational supports taken away from the classroom.
The party would also set standards for performance in schools in consultation with teachers.
"We would make sure children who need extra support get it," McNeil said in a prepared text released before he started speaking.
"Right now, kids can be moved along through the system from grade to grade without the skills to succeed. Our students today are graduating without a firm grip on the basics."
On the health front, McNeil said he would create a central registry that would enable Nova Scotians to get more timely health care.
As well, he said a Liberal government would increase the number of family doctors by designating 20 medical seats per year at Dalhousie University for students who pledge to work in under-serviced areas.
McNeil said the Liberals would also move to end the monopoly of Nova Scotia Power Inc. by opening the electricity market to allow renewable energy producers to compete against the privately owned utility.
"A Liberal government would protect the people of this province from further price gouging," he said.
"Nova Scotia Power has proven it can no longer be trusted with this monopoly. Time and again, Nova Scotia Power has taken advantage of Nova Scotians. It's put its pursuit for profit ahead of what's best for our province."
McNeil took aim at the governing New Democrats, describing them as "champions of the status quo."
He blamed Premier Darrell Dexter for pushing up the cost of living, prolonging health-care wait times, increasing unemployment and wasting tax dollars on advertising campaigns.
"Using your money to mislead you is wrong," he said.
"The reality is, families are struggling to do more with less. There is despair in some parts of this province. People feel prosperity is for someone else, somewhere else. That's wrong."Suggest a correction