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“You can’t just keep pil­ing up debt and leave it to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Miller said if the govern­ment con­tin­ues to pay down its debt, even­tu­ally those funds spent on in­ter­est could be rein­vested to help the peo­ple of the prov­ince.

The govern­ment has been watch­ing its fi­nances tightly for the past three years and is now at a point where it can loosen things up and in­crease spend­ing, she adds.

As en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter in the last govern­ment, Miller says the file has been chal­leng­ing at times.

“Peo­ple are so pas­sion­ate about the en­vi­ron­ment, and I cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate that,” she said. “De­ci­sions are based on science and facts and some­times the in­for­ma­tion that’s out there isn’t al­ways ac­cu­rate and we have to make de­ci­sions based on what we have at the time.”

Miller pre­vi­ously walked out of a na­tional car­bon price meet­ing when talks were be­gin­ning. The govern­ment later agreed to de­velop a cap-and­trade sys­tem.

“We have so many wind tur­bines now it’s re­ally inspiring, and we have tidal en­ergy com­ing on­line soon and if that works, I could see that ex­pand­ing, and we have power com­ing from Muskrat Falls,” she said. “We’re go­ing to see our re­new­able en­ergy lev­els re­ally go­ing up. We’ll be re­ly­ing less and less on fos­sil fu­els.”

When it comes to Hants East, Miller said one of the big­gest is­sues she hears about is road con­di­tions.

“The new gravel pro­gram is cer­tainly go­ing to help with that, I’ve al­ready got some roads tar­geted for that,” she said.

The govern­ment an­nounced $10 million in an­nual up­grades to gravel roads across the prov­ince in April.

Mac­Don­ald is en­ter­ing pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics af­ter eight years as a coun­cil­lor with the Muni- cipal­ity of East Hants.

“Over the last cou­ple of years, what’s hap­pened with ed­u­ca­tion and health care, I’ve got ma­jor con­cerns with it,” Mac­Don­ald said. “I felt that it’s time to stand up for the peo­ple of Hants East and get some ba­sic health­care to this area, like xrays on the cor­ri­dor side.”

Hants North, he adds, is in des­per­ate need of a new school.

“There’s a new mu­nic­i­pal pool be­ing built, and al­though there’s been lots of pro­vin­cial money ev­ery­where else in the prov­ince, Hants East has none, which means we aren’t go­ing to get fed­eral money and we’ll have to go all on our own,” he said.

Mac­Don­ald said his mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil ex­pe­ri­ence gives him the knowhow to deal with dif­fer­ent lev­els of govern­ment.

“Mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment is grass roots, you’re deal­ing with is­sues that af­fect peo­ple di­rectly,” he said. “You deal with a lot of peo­ple is­sues, and I think that’s miss­ing at the pro­vin­cial level.”

Crouse comes from a very political fam­ily.

“My par­ents and grand­par­ents were very ac­tively con­ser­va­tive and I went to a lib­eral col­lege and I’m NDP, so I’m well-versed on all sides,” Crouse said.

Crouse is 22, but he doesn’t see his age as a dis­ad­van­tage — rather, an as­set.

“I just grad­u­ated from univer­sity, and I ac­tu­ally have my grad­u­a­tion ceremony dur­ing the cam­paign,” he said.

Crouse has a small busi­ness back­ground, own­ing and op­er­at­ing a photography and a paint­ing busi­ness.

“As a young per­son, there’s a lot of dis­con­nect with mod­ern politi­cians; they go into it in their 40s and 50s and 70s, and they don’t speak for the youth, for the gen­er­a­tion that is go­ing to in­herit the prov­ince,” he said. “I haven’t in­her­ited a prov­ince yet, and we don’t get a say in what we’re in­her­it­ing. A lot of young peo­ple have this dis­con­nect, they feel that they don’t have a say.”

Crouse says he doesn’t care about be­ing po­ten­tially the youngest MLA in Nova Sco­tia’s his­tory.

“I want to cre­ate some­thing new, it’s one thing to ride on your party, but it’s an­other thing to ride on your own name, and that’s what I want to do,” he said. “I want to stand for some­thing as op­posed to be­ing a party pawn.”

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