Step­ping up to the po­lit­i­cal plate

Ja­son De­veau to seek Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion in West Nova for next year’s fed­eral vote

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL THE SPEC­TA­TOR SAINT ALPHONSE, N.S.

Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Clare res­i­dent Ja­son De­veau will be seek­ing the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion in West Nova for the up­com­ing 2019 fed­eral elec­tion.

De­veau, a for­mer pol­icy an­a­lyst with the fed­eral govern­ment, is cur­rently ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to West Nova MP Colin Fraser who has an­nounced he will not re­of­fer.

As a pol­icy an­a­lyst, De­veau worked with se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials on a range of files re­lat­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment, nat­u­ral re­sources, and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

“If elected, I vow to be a strong and force­ful voice for all com­mu­ni­ties through­out West Nova, from Water­ville to Pub­nico,” he said in a me­dia re­lease, “and will en­sure that our ru­ral con­cerns are heard loudly and clearly in the halls of po­lit­i­cal power in Ottawa.”

He said grow­ing the ru­ral econ­omy of West Nova is a top pri­or­ity and be­lieves there must be a con­tin­ued and sus­tained ef­fort to pro­tect cur­rent jobs in the re­gion, while cre­at­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties to re­tain and at­tract young peo­ple who are in­creas­ingly drawn to other parts of the coun­try.

De­veau said some of the key in­vest­ments re­quired for grow­ing the ru­ral West Nova econ­omy in­clude con­nect­ing all com­mu­ni­ties to high-speed In­ter­net, en­sur­ing ad­di­tional fund­ing is se­cured for ports and small craft har­bours, in­vest­ing in recre­ational in­fra­struc­ture to keep com­mu­ni­ties ac­tive and healthy, and com­plet­ing the long-over­due High­way 101 project be­tween Digby and Wey­mouth.

De­veau said in an in­ter­view his mo­ti­va­tion to seek the nom­i­na­tion, and to ul­ti­mately serve as Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, is sim­ple – to help the peo­ple.

“There’s still a lot of work that needs to get done,” he said. “The past few years of the Lib­eral govern­ment we have seen many im­prove­ments in our rid­ing, whether you look at in­vest­ments like the child tax ben­e­fit or the GIS for se­niors, but there are still some peo­ple hurt­ing in this rid­ing. It’s not that ev­ery­thing is rosy in ev­ery house­hold. So our work is not done.”

De­veau said he worked in the fed­eral bu­reau­cracy as a pol­icy an­a­lyst and for the past few years work­ing with Fraser he’s learned how to get things done po­lit­i­cally. That com­bi­na­tion gives him a unique and pos­i­tive skill to im­prove lives.

“Cer­tainly for any­one who wants to seek po­lit­i­cal of­fice, I hope that that’s the an­swer they would give you, that they’re run­ning for the right rea­sons – to make things bet­ter,” said De­veau. “I can say, for ex­am­ple, when I look even at my neigh­bours where I live, some of them are se­niors who don’t have pen­sions, who are sin­gle, and they have to shut half of their house up for the win­ter and pretty much live and sleep in the kitchen and liv­ing room be­cause that’s where the wood stove is.”

He said it’s for those most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety who he has some­thing to of­fer to try to bet­ter their lives.

“Be­cause I don’t think in a coun­try like Canada that any­one should have to be hud­dled around the wood stove in their kitchen and close their whole house down be­cause they sim­ply can’t af­ford (to heat) it,” he said.

He said he rec­og­nizes the Lib­eral govern­ment’s ef­forts to im­prove the lives of fam­i­lies, se­niors, and all Cana­di­ans.

De­veau said the new Canada Child Ben­e­fit is help­ing more than 13,000 fam­i­lies in West Nova by pro­vid­ing them up to $6,500 a year per child tax-free.

Restor­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity age to re­ceive Old Age Se­cu­rity from 67 to 65 and in­creas­ing the Guar­an­teed In­come Sup­ple­ment by up to 10 per cent for sin­gle se­niors helps en­sure vul­ner­a­ble se­niors do not face higher risks of liv­ing in poverty, he said.

In ad­di­tion, he said, by low­er­ing the per­sonal in­come tax rate for mid­dle class Cana­di­ans from 22 per cent to 20.5 per cent, and the small busi­ness tax rate from 11 per cent to nine per cent, more money is stay­ing in the pock­ets of hard­work­ing Nova Sco­tians.

De­veau de­scribes him­self as a proud Aca­dian and is flu­ently bilin­gual in French and English, holds a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in ge­og­ra­phy as well as a Mas­ter of Ge­og­ra­phy de­gree, both from the Univer­sity of Ottawa. He has also served as a vol­un­teer on the board of di­rec­tors for sev­eral com­mu­nity-based not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

De­veau lives in Saint Alphonse, the com­mu­nity in which he was raised.

“While many peo­ple in West Nova are feel­ing bet­ter off fi­nan­cially than they did three years ago, our work is not done un­til ev­ery per­son has a fair and equal chance at suc­cess and a dig­ni­fied re­tire­ment.”

CON­TRIBUTED

Ja­son De­veau will be seek­ing the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion in West Nova for the up­com­ing 2019 fed­eral elec­tion.

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