VOTE for a
New Island Economy.
• More Jobs • Less Taxes • New Industry •
What do I stand for?
Post-Carbon Energy Strategy
The world is shifting – quickly – away from fossil fuels like coal and oil, toward renewable energy sources like wind and solar. For the next 2-5 years there is a window of opportunity for CBRM to take a lead role in the Canadian renewable energy sector.
What are the benefits for CBRM?
- HUNDREDS of new JOBS: Initially, the development of renewable energy projects will increase employment and create new business opportunities leading to …
- Increased LOCAL spending at the consumer level, further increasing employment in the retail and service sectors.
- With more people working, there will be an increase in housing starts and new construction jobs and property values will rise.
- This in turn will generate additional tax revenue, allowing for re-investment in municipal services and capital projects – creating more employment opportunities and additional economic spin-off. All of these factors will lead to lower property tax rates.
- Population growth: Many of the new jobs created will be in STEM fields – employing local graduates from CBU and NSCC, but also spurring domestic migration from other Canadian cities, and immigration of skilled professionals from abroad.
- As the municipality experiences the early and mid-stages of revitalization, CBRM’s “quality of place” will improve – a key factor in attracting further investment and domestic migration.
- Tourism will increase as the region’s economic climate improves, leading to increased employment in the hospitality, food services, and travel sectors.
- As more people visit and move to the region, there will be increased commercial construction projects: new apartment buildings, condominiums, hotels, retail, and entertainment.
- This cycle of growth and re-investment will continue – the region will become more prosperous and sustainable.
Rural Internet Project
The lack of reliable high-speed internet in rural CBRM is hurting everybody. It stifles rural economic development and makes the region less attractive to domestic migration, immigration, foreign investment – thereby reducing the entire region’s economic potential.
If you live in rural CBRM (like most of District 3) you know that it’s almost impossible to work from home or to participate in on-line classrooms. Government services – even doctor’s appointments – are all moving on-line.
Yet – in spite of that – our rural residents have limited access. There is a way for CBRM to provide virtually ALL residents with high-speed internet – AND at the same, generate revenue for the municipality.
Revive Our Railways and Support Shipping Industry
Transportation and Shipping will factor heavily in the future economic development of CBRM. Without a functioning railway, opportunities such as the Novaporte project will never come to fruition.
I will work with the new mayor and council, the Port of Sydney Development Corporation, provincial and federal counterparts, and other stakeholders to ensure the railways in Cape Breton are restored.
Everybody in CBRM has heard the word “Equalization” thrown around in the media for the last twenty or thirty years. It’s a complicated issue, but here’s the gist …
The Government of Canada pays the Nova Scotia Provincial government $2.2-billion every year – mostly because CBRM has always been considered a “have-not” region. But even though CBRM is the main reason for this “Equalization transfer payment”, the province only gives CBRM $15-million (that’s less than 1% of the total payment), while Halifax keeps the lion’s share.
If CBRM were to suddenly become a “have” region (rather than a “have-not”) those equalization payments would stop. So – it benefits Halifax to keep CBRM poor. This is why all past attempts to negotiate a fair deal for CBRM have failed.
There is a group called the NSEF (Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness) who have spent twenty years studying this practice and advocating for fairness and transparency. They need the full support of CBRM council – which they have not received in the past.
If CBRM were to hold a plebiscite on the issue of equalization fairness, Ottawa and Halifax would have no choice but engage with CBRM and negotiate a fair deal for the municipality.
If I am elected to CBRM council, I will fully support efforts to attain equalization fairness – and I will put forth a motion to hold the necessary plebiscite.
Important Steps to Reduce Poverty
As we’ve seen in the news, the poverty rates in CBRM are horrendous. There is no excuse for this. Past municipal governments have had the power to make positive changes and reduce poverty – but they have not. Instead of working to support low income families, they have offloaded this responsibility to provincial/federal governments and charitable groups.
CBRM needs to take responsibility and start supporting the individuals and families that need help.
There are ways to this – and yes, it will cost money. But by investing in our people and reducing poverty, we are investing in a more sustainable future.
- The cost of child care and after-school programs prevents may parents from working. We can start offering free child-care and after-school programs for low income families – making it easier for parents to work.
- Transportation costs are also a factor that prevents people from working. We must expand the range of reliable public transit and provide affordable passes to low income families.
- Education is essential to poverty reduction. Low income families – especially those on social assistance – should have free post-secondary education.
By combining these three anti-poverty tactics, CBRM will become a more vibrant, prosperous community.
Career politicians, especially those with partisan ideologies, are the reason the CBRM is in this state of decline.
By definition the Mayor and Council are supposed to be non-partisan – but anybody who has been paying attention knows the real score. The decisions made by the Mayor and Council are too often influenced by their connection to one political party or another.
I will advocate for several reforms to the municipal governance act – or at the very least, the creation and adoption of a CBRM charter.
- If either the Mayor or a Councillor chooses to run for the leadership of a political party, they must resign from CBRM office.
- If either the Mayor or a Councillor chooses to run in federal or provincial election – as a party member or independent – they must resign from CBRM office.
- No CBRM Mayor or Concillor may serve more than two consecutive terms (8 years). This will ensure that re-election and empire building is not a factor in decision making.
I was born in Sydney and grew up in Howie Center. After graduating from Riverview Rural High in Coxheath I moved away, went to university, got married, and lived for about 12 years in Halifax.
In 2008, with my wife and our two young boys, we moved back to Cape Breton; lived in Glace Bay for a few years but settled here – in Leitches Creek. This is home. I’m here to stay.
- Riverview Rural High School
- Music Marketing Diploma, Granton Institue
- Radio Broadcasting Certificate, Atlantic Media Institute
- St. Francis Xavier Univerity, B.A. – English Literature
- Glubes AVU: B2B/B2C Sales, Marketing, IT
- Schwartz Furniture: Marketing, IT, Purchasing
- Chronicle Herald/Cape Breton Star: General Sales Manager, Contributing Writer
- J.R. Rahey’s Furniture: Marketing
- A.G. Research: Marketing, Web design, Brand development
- Heartland Tour: Board of Directors, Media Consultant
- Scotia Rail Development Society: Board Of Directors, Communications co-chair
- Port of Sydney Development Corp: Board of Directors
- Families for Quality Elder Care: Board of Director
- Google Ads Certified – Search Advertising
- Google Ads Certifies – Display Advertising
- Hubspot inbound Marketing
- St.John’s Ambulance, Emergency First Aid
Other / Interests
- Musician, writer, producer
- Voice Actor
- Sometimes photographer
- Green Energy enthusiast