Colchester’s first woman mayor looks forward to leading the charge

Harry Sullivan hsullivan@trurodaily.com
Published on January 10, 2017

Colchester County Mayor Christine Blair.

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TRURO, N.S. – Despite having only a few months of mayoral experience under her belt, Christine Blair is taking well to her new job as Colchester County’s top elected official.

“I’m absolutely enjoying it,” she said, while reflecting on some of the municipal accomplishments in 2016 and also looking forward to the year ahead.

But she also hinted at changes to the way the mayoral office is managed.

“When you come in as someone that’s been involved in management, such as I have, from various perspectives, my way of dealing with things is going to be totally different from my predecessor’s way of dealing with things, or someone that comes after me,” she said. “Each of us looks at things from his or her own premise… and experiences.”

One area she believes strongly in carrying on with is regional co-operation and collaboration.

“I think one of the biggest things is the joint effort with the library and civic square,” Blair said of the successful efforts that brought those two projects to fruition.

For 2017, the most “important” thing is to see the county progress in areas of economic development.

“How can we work with the assets we have to make them better, to make them more viable? To improve what we have and, hopefully, because of that, bring more jobs here,” she said.

“The Debert Airport, in my opinion, is a perfect example of that, because we have an asset there that can be developed.”

Likewise for the Debert Air Industrial Park where further expansion is possible along with development of the former Palliser as a destination point for tourists.

And depending on the priorities council sets for the year, determining the feasibility of investing in a waste-to-energy project at the balefill facility in Kemptown could also be on the county’s radar for this year.

We’re still in the investigative stages right now,” she said.

There is also the issue of deciding whether to invest more than a half-million dollars in a new dehumidification system at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, among other challenges for the year ahead.

“Yeah, we’ve had our glitches but we face them head on and we deal with them,” Blair said.