Elec­tion 2017

Can­di­dates share their thoughts

Annapolis Valley Register - - COVER STORY - By Ash­ley thomp­son Kingscountynews.ca

Four can­di­dates are vy­ing for votes in Kings West lead­ing up to the May 30 elec­tion.

Made­line Tay­lor of Wolfville is run­ning in the area as a mem­ber of the Green Party of Nova Sco­tia.

“I have a great con­cern for peo­ple that are strug­gling,” said Tay­lor, a clin­i­cal so­cial worker and for­mer nurse.

With a Green can­di­date al­ready on the bal­lot in her home rid­ing, Tay­lor opted to seek elec­tion in her home­town.

“I was the bank man­ager’s daugh­ter in Ayles­ford, left there at 18 and, of course, I have family there,” she said.

Tay­lor cited poverty, pub­lic tran­sit and health care among her chief con­cerns, adding that the Green party will be push­ing for ac­ces­si­ble ed­u­ca­tion, a com­pre­hen­sive health sys­tem, more in­vest­ments in re­new­able energy, poverty re­duc­tion and a guar­an­teed an­nual in­come – to name a few things.

“We want a sus­tain­able green econ­omy to start with… and clean re­new­able energy… and an ac­count­able govern­ment,” she said, not­ing that she’s also a sup­porter of buy lo­cal food move­ments.

Tay­lor added she’s learned to work well un­der pres­sure as a nurse and so­cial worker, and she’s be­lieves her ex­pe­ri­ence in stress­ful oc­cu­pa­tions would serve her well if she’s elected as the next MLA for Kings West.

“I can step up to the plate quite quickly,” she said.

Tay­lor will be chal­lenged by NDP can­di­date Ch­eryl Bur­bidge, Lib­eral in­cum­bent Leo Glavine and PC rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Palmer. All of the can­di­dates have been in­vited to par- tic­i­pate in a fo­rum that will be hosted at West Kings District High School May 17. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the event get­ting un­der­way at 6:30 p.m.

Five lesser-known facts about Made­line Tay­lor:

1. I live in a unique pas­sive so­lar home built in 2007. Peo­ple love the de­sign.

2. As a young woman of 40, and pres­i­dent of the pro­vin­cial “Con­cerned Par­ents Group” in New Brunswick, I made enough noise about chem­i­cal spray­ing to war­rant a visit from James Irv­ing, who ar­rived by he­li­copter to my home to dis­cuss the her­bi­cide 245T and its ap­pli­ca­tion on the head of the Mill­stream, where I lived. The Irv­ings stopped the spray­ing that year. Later this chem­i­cal was banned.

3. As a mem­ber of a group on “The Pre­ven­tion of Family Vi­o­lence” I played a role in hav­ing large ed­u­ca­tional signs to pre­vent family vi­o­lence erected in Hants West. They still stand.

4. I was a prac­tic­ing reg­is­tered nurse for 20 years.

5. I grad­u­ated at age 50 with a master’s de­gree in so­cial work and have been in­volved as a clin­i­cal so­cial worker (coun­selling) pro­vid­ing men­tal health ser­vices. I see clients in Wolfville as a pri­vate prac­ti­tioner, and pre­vi­ously spent 17 years in the Men­tal Health Clinic in Wind­sor.

Sub­mit­ted

Made­line Tay­lor will be seek­ing elec­tion in Kings West as a mem­ber of the Green Party of Nova Sco­tia.

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