LAKE ECHO – Portapique resident Jim Wyatt has been nominated by the NDP Colchester North Constituency Association to run as its candidate in the upcoming provincial election.
“It is critical we have the proper supports in place to care for our aging population,” Wyatt said in a news release. “We also need to encourage local businesses to create good jobs here in order to keep our economy strong.”
Wyatt was nominated Wednesday evening at the Masstown United Church Hall.
He is described as having a varied work background that includes time in the military, the legal profession, the public service (both provincially and federally) and as a pig and cattle farmer.
He has also served on the board of the Colchester – East Hants District Health Authority, the Health Association of Nova Scotia, and on the Advisory Committee to the Ministers of Natural Resources and Finance.
Wyatt is the husband of Portapique artist Joy Laking with whom he co-manages a small art gallery in the community.
Wyatt stated in the release that he believes the interests of people in Colchester North would best be served by having an MLA committed to continuing the progress made by the NDP government. He said it is important for the party to have an opportunity to work to continue their plan to provide better care sooner with collaborative emergency centres, improve care for seniors with investments in home care and long term care, and take back control of the province’s energy future by shifting to “local, clean energy projects” such as the Maritime Link.
“We have a premier with the experience and vision needed to build a better future for families here in Colchester North,” he said. “We’re already starting to see things changing for the better. We can’t risk returning to the Liberals’ deep cuts to health, education, seniors and roads that will kill jobs and drive families out of our province.”
Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald, who attended the nomination meeting, described Wyatt as a “knowledgeable, passionate” person who also has “a good understanding of the needs and interests” of both the community and the region.
“The people of Colchester North will be very well served by having Jim as their representative,” she said.