Only one choice for Blanch

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - LYNN CURWIN TRURO NEWS

TRURO, N. S.–For Ja­son Blanch, there was never any ques­tion about which po­lit­i­cal party he’d rep­re­sent.

The Amherst man is the Green Party can­di­date for Cum­ber­land-Col ch­ester in the up­com­ing fed­eral elec­tion.

“I couldn’t run for an­other party,” he said. “I con­nected with the Green Party be­cause the party poli­cies re­ally res­onate with what I be­lieve.

“Some peo­ple still think of it as only an en­vi­ron­men­tal party, but it’s a party that rec­og­nizes all as­pects of civ­i­liza­tion are grounded in en­vi­ron­ment. Econ­omy and en­vi­ron­ment are linked.”

Blanch rep­re­sented the Green Party in the 2009 by­elec­tion and in the 2011 and 2015 fed­eral elec­tions. He be­lieves he has a bet­ter chance of be­ing elected this year.

“Peo­ple are rec­og­niz­ing that we have to ad­dress the so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis,” he said. “They also recognize the Green Party as a vi­able op­tion. More Greens are be­ing elected and they’re rep­re­sent­ing their com­mu­ni­ties re­ally well. They don’t play party pol­i­tics but work across party lines.”

He was pleased to see a full room dur­ing the re­cent party Agm/nom­i­na­tion meet­ing in Truro.

“Peo­ple from all across the rid­ing came to the meet­ing and we had youth cli­mate ac­tivists speak­ing.

“My phone’s been ring­ing daily with peo­ple who want more in­for­ma­tion on the Green Party and some who want to vol­un­teer.”

Blanch is an ad­dic­tion coun­sel­lor and a mem­ber of Amherst Town Coun­cil. In the past, he has worked on en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial de­vel­op­ment pro­grams in Africa.

He re­cently did much of the work him­self in con­struct­ing an off-grid pas­sive so­lar home.

When he’s not busy, he en­joys spend­ing time with his wife and teenage chil­dren, walk­ing wooded trails with his dog, hik­ing, kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing and med­i­tat­ing.

“I feel it’s im­por­tant to do what I can to help,” he said. “I de­cided to run in the elec­tion be­cause I want to be able to look my kids in the eye and tell them I did ev­ery­thing I could to make the world a bet­ter place to live.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

Ja­son Blanch is the Green Party can­di­date for Cum­ber­land-colch­ester in the up­com­ing fed­eral elec­tion.

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