TRURO – Karen Casey will lead the Colchester North Liberals into the next provincial election.
It was announced in a press release on Thursday the MLA
would be the party’s candidate in Colchester North when the next provincial election is announced, which could be sometime this year.
Casey, 65, said her desire to see her riding prosper prompted her to stay the political course. (See related editorial Page 6)
Local economic development and education are two of her priorities.
“There are lots of small businesses that we need to make sure we support,” said Casey, who has been MLA for Colchester North since 2006.
“We need to find out how can we help improve the economic development opportunities (by) looking at how do we diversify businesses. Are they in difficulty? Do they need capital dollars? What incentives do they have? Then we look at bringing in new businesses.”
Regarding education, Casey said the current system is not working and changes need to be made. She referred to education cuts being made based on decreasing enrolment.
“It’s not working. We need to look at funding by programs and not just looking at numbers. We need to look at what skills do we expect kids to have when they graduate. Right now we are doing it backwards,” said Casey, who is the current Liberal education critic.
Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said, in a news release, Casey’s ideas are vital to the party.
“Karen has been a tremendous representative for the people of Colchester North and a true asset at our caucus table,” said McNeil.
Name: Karen Casey
Position: MLA of Colchester North
Date first elected in Colchester North: 2006 with the Conservatives
When she crossed the floor to the Liberals: January 2011
Home town: Born in Truro; grew up in Bass River
Former career: Teacher, principal and assistant superintendent
Hobbies: Going to the cottage and golfing