MLAs must lis­ten to con­cerns

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

The Nova Sco­tia 2017 elec­tion is his­tory. Some peo­ple are de­lighted with the re­sults; oth­ers are dis­ap­pointed. Such is the na­ture of democ­racy!

But we must all move on.

For the last month, over 200 can­di­dates have hit the roads all over Nova Sco­tia. They have knocked on doors, held po­lit­i­cal rallies and put out their plat­forms. These can­di­dates de­serve our re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

It is not an easy task to knock on a door when you don’t know what the re­ac­tion will be.

Through­out the elec­tion process, I found that the elec­torate was very en­gaged. Face­book was abuzz with vary­ing opin­ions ev­ery night and news­pa­pers along with news­casts kept us in­formed on the is­sues of the day.

The de­ci­sion has been made but our en­gage­ment with the process must con­tinue in the days ahead. In Cape Bre­ton, the is­sues are im­mense. Our pop­u­la­tion is de­clin­ing and the econ­omy is strug­gling.

We all need to get our MLA’s to lis­ten to our con­cerns. Our in­ter­est can­not wane just be­cause the elec­tion is over. Be­come ac­tive, de­mand reg­u­lar town­hall-style meet­ings and call your MLA when­ever you have an is­sue or a con­cern.

Cape Bre­ton needs com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and we can all do our part.

Yvonne Kennedy Homeville

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