Mit­ton’s ab­sence will be felt at town hall

Coun­cil­lors con­fi­dent in col­legue’s abil­i­ties to serve as rid­ing’s new MLA

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR -

Me­gan Mit­ton will soon be mov­ing from town hall to the provin­cial leg­is­la­ture and her fel­low col­leagues on coun­cil are con­fi­dent she has the pas­sion and the drive to suc­cess­fully make the tran­si­tion.

“I think that Me­gan will do us proud in Fred­er­ic­ton,” said Coun. Bill Evans. “She has good val­ues, she’s smart, prin­ci­pled and al­ways did her home­work and she is gen­uinely a nice per­son.”

As Mit­ton pre­pares to make the switch from her town coun­cil­lor role to MLA for Mem­ram­cookTantra­mar (pend­ing the re­count re­sults which are ex­pected Oct. 5), Evans said he and Mit­ton have not only be­come col­leagues, but friends, and her ab­sence on coun­cil will be felt.

“But what she’s do­ing now is ar­guably more im­por­tant for the res­i­dents of Sackville,” he said. “She worked re­ally hard to win the elec­tion and I’m con­fi­dent that she’ll con­tinue to work hard for us in her new role.”

Mit­ton was elected the rid­ing’s first Green Party MLA fol­low­ing a tight race in the Sept. 24 New Bruns­wick elec­tion. She won the seat by a mere 11 votes, but in do­ing so she ousted long­time Lib­eral in­cum­bent Bernard Leblanc.

Coun. Bruce Phin­ney said he was also par­tic­u­larly struck with how hard Mit­ton and her team worked dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, an ef­fort that ob­vi­ously paid off.

Phin­ney said be­ing new to the po­lit­i­cal arena, Mit­ton will likely go through a bit of a learn­ing curve in her first few months but be­lieves she will adapt quickly with Green Party leader David Coon by her side. Mit­ton’s two-year term on coun­cil will likely give her a slight edge as she makes the shift to provin­cial pol­i­tics, but Phin­ney said he’s un­sure to what ex­tent.

“We will just have to wait and see what she will be able to ac­com­plish for our mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The provin­cial govern­ment does things, in my opin­ion, dif­fer­ent than mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties,” he said.

Coun. Aiken said he was ex­cited to see Mit­ton elected as the rid­ing’s new MLA.

“I think Me­gan, hav­ing served on coun­cil, will be of great ben­e­fit to the town be­cause she has a keen un­der­stand­ing of the prob­lems we face, es­pe­cially in deal­ing with the prov­ince, and doesn’t have to be­come ed­u­cated about what we need.”

Aiken said he will miss Mit­ton on coun­cil.

“I worked on some li­ai­son as­sign­ments with her and found her to be very in­tel­li­gent, in­sight­ful, and ca­pa­ble of en­ter­tain­ing new ideas to solve prob­lems,” he said.

Mayor John Higham also be­lieves Mit­ton to be a very ca­pa­ble in­di­vid­ual who has a good han­dle on a lot of the in­ter­provin­cial is­sues of im­por­tance to the rid­ing.

As a life­long res­i­dent of Sackville, Mit­ton knows the area in­ti­mately, and Higham said be­cause of her coun­cil role for the past two years, she has gained a lot of back­ground on mu­nic­i­pal is­sues that are im­pacted by provin­cial de­ci­sions.

As a young mother and as a woman who re­cently went through the death of her fa­ther, where she dealt with the many ins and outs of an in­ept health-care sys­tem, Higham said she also has a lot of in­sight on women’s is­sues and se­nior/pal­lia­tive care.

“All of that will serve her well as she heads to Fred­er­ic­ton.”

Higham said Mit­ton is await­ing re­count re­sults be­fore re­sign­ing her seat on coun­cil. Once that hap­pens, how­ever, coun­cil will put for­ward a res­o­lu­tion to de­clare her seat va­cant, which will be sent on to the Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Govern­ment. A pos­si­ble by­elec­tion could hap­pen.

KATIE TOWER – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Me­gan Mit­ton, seen her with her daugh­ter Quinn at the Sackville Pride Pa­rade on Fri­day af­ter­noon, will soon be mak­ing the switch from mu­nic­i­pal to provin­cial pol­i­tics.

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