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Car­bon­ear-Trin­ity-Bay de Verde Har­bour Grace-Port de Grave

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David Coish

Name: David Coish

Home­town: Cor­ner Brook (mother is from Car­bon­ear)

Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: NDP Oc­cu­pa­tion: re­searcher What’s the big­gest is­sue in the rid­ing?

Var­ied.

How will you tackle it?

I had a sum­mer­house out there in Fresh­wa­ter for about 10 years, so I was go­ing back and forth, and I heard a lot of peo­ple talk­ing. I know, for ex­am­ple, peo­ple felt drugs was an in­creas­ing is­sue among the youth in Con­cep­tion Bay North. And crime, peo­ple in Vic­to­ria were say­ing be­cause of drugs, the crime rates had in­creased in their town. And then you had the peo­ple in Fresh­wa­ter who drive through lovely provin­cial roads un­til they hit their com­mu­nity … and on both sides of the com­mu­nity, their roads are dread­ful. So part of what’s go­ing on too is that I need to meet peo­ple not only in the ma­jor cen­tres, but the smaller places in the dis­trict that feel that they are be­ing over­looked.

Steve Crocker

Name: Steve Crocker Home­town: Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: Lib­eral Oc­cu­pa­tion: MHA for Trin­ity-Bay de Verde What’s the big­gest is­sue in the rid­ing?

Var­ied.

How will you tackle it?

All is­sues that are brought to my at­ten­tion are im­por­tant to me and the per­son bring­ing them forth. I have been con­sis­tently hear­ing is­sues on se­niors and peo­ple liv­ing on a fixed in­come, health care, the fish­ing in­dus­try (both pro­cess­ing and har­vest­ing), the provin­cial econ­omy as a whole and the lack of cell­phone cov­er­age in cer­tain ar­eas of the dis­trict, as it re­lates to pub­lic safety. I com­mit to work­ing with and rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of our dis­trict to try and re­solve their con­cerns to the best of my abil­ity.

Kath­leen Burt

Name: Kath­leen Burt Home­town: Shearstown Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: NDP Oc­cu­pa­tion: teacher What’s the big­gest is­sue in the rid­ing?

Em­ploy­ment and (re­lated) Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment

How will you tackle it?

In this dis­trict, there are a whole lot of peo­ple who never got to share in the oil boom. We need jobs, and we need jobs that let work­ers live with dig­nity. Many jobs pay min­i­mum wage; I’m happy to rep­re­sent the only po­lit­i­cal party in the prov­ince that ad­vo­cates rais­ing that wage by a dol­lar an hour over the next year, and ad­just­ing it an­nu­ally to keep pace with in­fla­tion. The NDP will also com­pletely elim­i­nate the small busi­ness tax – it was in our 2011plat­form and had we been elected then, that tax would not ex­ist now. We need to di­ver­sify the econ­omy in Har­bour Grace-Port de Grave. In ad­di­tion to the en­tre­pre­neur­ial model, we need to look at di­ver­si­fy­ing us­ing co-op­er­a­tives and so­cial en­ter­prises. Gov­ern­ment poli­cies cur­rently ham­per th­ese in­no­va­tive ways of de­vel­op­ment, and I would rec­om­mend changes to those old-fash­ioned poli­cies, re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers to the cre­ation of co-op en­ter­prises and busi­nesses. Fi­nally, it’s about time we paid more at­ten­tion to our fish­eries, the nat­u­ral re­source that has sus­tained our econ­omy for cen­turies.

Glenn Littlejohn

Name: Glenn Littlejohn Home­town: Bay Roberts Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Oc­cu­pa­tion: MHA for Port de Grave What’s the big­gest is­sue in the rid­ing?

Roads.

How will you tackle it?

Many res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly our se­niors, have con­cern over the con­di­tions of their roads. I made a de­ci­sion when first elected that I would con­cen­trate on the roads with the high­est vol­umes of traf­fic, be­cause they are used by all res­i­dents. We have suc­cess­fully com­pleted over 10 kilo­me­tres of the­ses roads, in­clud­ing large sec­tions of the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way, Bare­need Road, Cranes Road and Happy Jack’s Hill. As well, I’ve worked with town coun­cils in the dis­trict to en­sure lo­cal roads re­ceived at­ten­tion, like New Har­bour Road and Long Hill. If re-elected, I will con­tinue to work to­wards im­prov­ing our road in­fra­struc­ture us­ing the same phi­los­o­phy.

Pam Par­sons

Name: Pam Par­sons Home­town: Spa­niard’s Bay Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: Lib­eral Oc­cu­pa­tion: jour­nal­ism/com­mu­ni­ca­tions What’s the big­gest is­sue in the rid­ing?

Var­ied.

How will you tackle it?

Health care is a top con­cern for peo­ple. Peo­ple want good qual­ity health care. Se­niors is­sues. Roads and in­fra­struc­ture are also very high on the radar. Jobs, and in par­tic­u­lar for our dis­trict, mat­ters within the fish­ery, be­cause the fish­ery is a very big topic … I plan on rep­re­sent­ing and fight­ing for ev­ery need to ev­ery con­stituent. I be­lieve in democ­racy … and my first way of tack­ling any is­sue — I want to bring pol­i­tics back to the peo­ple. The peo­ple of Har­bour Grace-Port de Grave dis­trict, that’s who this dis­trict be­longs to … If there’s big fund­ing or re­sources that are go­ing to be com­ing our way, I want to bring it to the peo­ple. I want to have them in­volvde and have them ex­press their con­cerns, have their say, and I want to rep­re­sent the needs and wants of the peo­ple of this dis­trict. My num­ber one way to tackle any­thing is to lis­ten to the peo­ple. I plan on be­ing ac­ces­si­ble.

Har­bour Main

Cur­tis Buckle

Name: Cur­tis Buckle Home­town: Holy­rood Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Oc­cu­pa­tion: pub­lic ser­vant What’s the big­gest is­sue in your rid­ing?

Road.

How will you tackle it?

The con­di­tion of our roads af­fects ev­ery­one from the child rid­ing the bus to school to the most se­nior res­i­dent trav­el­ing to a doc­tor ap­point­ment. The roads need proper re-paving with stip­u­lated guide­lines to en­sure dura­bil­ity and longevity. Re-sur­fac­ing what al­ready ex­ists is not an op­tion for some places where the roads are in such poor con­di­tion. If elected, I in­tend to ad­dress this is­sue to the des­ig­nated works and ser­vices min­is­ter as well as the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for mu­nic­i­pal af­fairs. A four-year plan will be de­vel­oped that will see an an­nual in­flux of money to im­prove our road sys­tem. Within the four-year plan, an­nual al­lo­ca­tions will be com­mit­ted to the up­grades and th­ese al­lo­ca­tions will not be re­placed, re­moved or redi­rected un­til the work is com­plete. Again, there are other is­sues we must fo­cus on as well, in­clud­ing in­sur­ing the se­nior pop­u­la­tion of this dis­trict has a re­spect­ful and dig­ni­fied means of life with proper ac­cess to sup­ports, fi­nan­cial and oth­er­wise, to en­sure they enjoy healthy liv­ing.

Ray Fla­herty

Name: Ray Fla­herty Home­town: Avon­dale Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: NDP Oc­cu­pa­tion: skilled-trades worker What’s the big­gest is­sue in your rid­ing?

Jobs.

How will you tackle it?

We have so much of our work that we lose to the off­shore … I can’t understand how I could go in and ne­go­ti­ate an agree­ment with any­body for oil, and we don’t du­pli­cate what they do in Nor­way — jobs for the peo­ple first, then the roy­al­ties, and then we all work. The peo­ple in Nor­way have turned their oil in­dus­try, based on a sim­i­lar (sup­ply) we have, into a 40-year in­dus­try for 15,000-20,000 peo­ple, and here we are go­ing from project to project … Let it be clear that I’m not in­ter­ested in be­ing a one-is­sue can­di­date, but that one en­com­passes so many other things. You’re talk­ing trades­peo­ple get­ting $35an-hour jobs and in turn spend­ing that money in the com­mu­ni­ties right across the is­land — not just in the Har­bour Main dis­trict … As a project man­ager, and hav­ing been a for­mer busi­ness man­ager of a con­struc­tion union, I’ve seen what’s in­volved at the ta­ble in those bids. I’ve ac­tu­ally pre­pared bids of $40-$50-mil­lion for com­pa­nies — I just want to know what it is that I’m miss­ing.

Betty Pars­ley

Name: Betty Pars­ley

Home­town: Town of Har­bour Main-Chapels Cove-Lake­view (born in Avon­dale)

Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: Lib­eral Oc­cu­pa­tion: on leave of ab­sence from may­oral du­ties with Town of Har­bour MainChapels Cove-Lake­view

What is the big­gest is­sue in your rid­ing?

Var­ied.

How will you tackle it?

Potable drink­ing wa­ter is listed as a top pri­or­ity for Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Grants. As the lack of such a re­source is of ma­jor con­cern in some of the com­mu­ni­ties in my dis­trict, we must en­gage the process. Se­niors have ad­dressed sev­eral con­cerns: the cost of health care and how it is dis­trib­uted (or rather not dis­trib­uted) is a vi­tal con­cern. Com­pound­ing their fi­nan­cial means, and way of sur­vival, now again, is the levy­ing of higher property tax. Res­i­dents of the dis­trict have shared with me, valu­able ideas. I in­tend to pursue their ideas for a change. At the be­gin­ning of this cam­paign, I ini­ti­ated meet­ings with groups, coun­cils, and in­di­vid­u­als to learn and be more in­formed of their needs. I will con­tinue to ef­fect a pos­i­tive change in th­ese few mat­ters I have ad­dressed.

Ted Nose­wor­thy

Name: Ted Nose­wor­thy Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: in­de­pen­dent

Peter Beck

Name: Peter Beck

Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: NDP Oc­cu­pa­tion: geotech­ni­cal and ma­te­ri­als

tech­ni­cian

Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh

Name: Sherry Gam­bin-Walsh Home­town: North Har­bour, St. Mary’s Bay

Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: Lib­eral Oc­cu­pa­tion: ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the NL As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing What is the big­gest is­sue in your rid­ing?

Road con­di­tions and fish­ery sus­tain­abil­ity

How will you tackle it?

Ad­vo­cate for im­proved ef­fi­ciency and in­ter­nal oper­a­tions within the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and Work. Ad­vo­cate for an as­sess­ment of all roads, bridges, cul­verts, ditches and re­quest a pri­or­ity re­pair list and time­frame for re­pairs. Fam­ily-owned, com­mu­nity-based, small-scale fish­eries are the eco­nomic, so­cial, and cul­tural back­bone of our coastal com­mu­ni­ties. I will work along­side our fish­er­men and fish­er­women to en­able their voices to be heard. There are other se­ri­ous con­cerns through­out our dis­trict, of which two are cell­phone cov­er­age and health-care ac­cess.

Judy Man­ning

The dis­trict of Pla­cen­tia-St. Mary’s spans from Green’s Har­bour in Trin­ity Bay to Peter’s River in St. Mary’s Bay, boast­ing a di­verse group of peo­ple who, over­whelm­ingly, speak of their need for a strong, ca­pa­ble voice to rep­re­sent them in our provin­cial leg­is­la­ture. Th­ese are tough times. Tough times ne­ces­si­tate tough choices. The peo­ple of our area want to en­gage a force­ful ad­vo­cate to en­sure that their col­lec­tive voice is heard when those tough choices are be­ing made. All of my pro­fes­sional work­ing life has been as a lawyer, so I bring a ro­bust com­bi­na­tion of ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence that will en­sure the peo­ple of Trin­ity, Pla­cen­tia and St. Mary’s bays are given full con­sid­er­a­tion in th­ese try­ing times, whether their con­cerns are rooted in health care, ed­u­ca­tion, fish­eries, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, or in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing road main­te­nance and cel­lu­lar and In­ter­net ser­vice. Ob­vi­ously, with our ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, any is­sues that af­fect se­niors must be pri­or­i­tized. As a pro­fes­sional ad­vo­cate, I will serve the in­ter­ests of this dis­trict in a pas­sion­ate, re­sults-ori­ented man­ner – pro­vid­ing true pub­lic ser­vice. Name: Judy Man­ning Home­town: St. Bride’s Po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion: Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Oc­cu­pa­tion: lawyer What is the big­gest is­sue in your rid­ing?

Var­ied.

How will you tackle it?

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