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Let me begin by extending to all my constituents, wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. It is a wonderful time of year, and we need to pause, to enjoy our family and friends, and to support those less fortunate.
It is also a time to reflect on the past year, to give thanks, and then to look forward with hope and excitement. It is a time when communities come together to decorate and to celebrate. Countless volunteer hours are given to transform our homes, our businesses and our communities into a Winter Wonderland. I wish to acknowledge and thank those who have been busy organizing events that allow us to celebrate the Season together. These events provide great opportunities to meet, to laugh, to share and to enjoy one another.
One of the strengths of our province and its rural communities is that we care for one another. It is a pleasure and a privilege to represent a rural constituency, and I take every opportunity to see provincial policy and legislation through that rural lens. We have something special in rural Nova Scotia. At every coffee shop, restaurant, grocery store, gas bar, Legion, Fire Hall, business, Post Office…. folks are happy to greet, laugh, talk about “the news” and show compassion to one another.
We care about the less fortunate. Let us make an effort this year to help make their Christmas one to remember in a good way. The sense of satisfaction that you feel in your heart when you give to others is not easily forgotten.
As your MLA since 2006, let me continue to show my appreciation for the support that you have given to me over the last 11 years, and to say thanks for the confidence you have placed in me to continue to represent you in the Provincial Legislature.
I am truly honored to be the MLA for Colchester North, the Minister of Finance and the Deputy Premier. Together we are making a positive difference in our province.
I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2018.
Karen Casey, MLA
In my earlier MLA Report (link here), I wrote about the opening of provincial parks across the province. Of course, the one of great interest “along the shore” is the Five Islands Provincial Park. I wrote about the hundreds of tourists who visit Nova Scotia each summer, and many of those tourists enjoy camping in our parks. With the tourist season officially over, our province can boast having the best tourist season on record with over 1.9 million folks choosing Nova Scotia as their destination. That increase in tourists resulted in a significant increase in the number of campers to Five Islands Park, 4 371 visitors enjoyed the overnight camping experience in our Park in 2017. That is an increase of over 1000 visitors since last year. In fact, the number of visitors has increased consistently since 2014, when the number of camper sites was 2003.
Let me begin by extending a welcome to Dr. Lisa MacKinnon, who has recently joined the staff of physicians providing health care to residents along the north shore. Lisa will bring the complement of physicians back up to four including Dr. Rob Bush, Dr. Dan MacDonald and Dr. Michael Glasgow.
Residents have been patient and sometimes frustrated with the speed of the recruitment process, however, I do want to congratulate all those who continue their efforts and who were successful in bringing Lisa to the community.
Birthdays are always special occasions to share with family and friends. Each year Maurice (Editor, Shoreline Journal) helps those along the shore who have reached the age of 90 come together to celebrate. For many of those who are 90+, it is a great opportunity to socialize.
As the MLA, I have participated in those celebrations and it is always a pleasure to join other elected officials at the Economy Rec Centre.
I am pleased to announce our Minister of Health and Wellness, Randy Delorey, is taking the time to travel across the province to meet with and listen to health care professionals who deliver quality care to Nova Scotians every day. I am very pleased that Tatamagouche and the Lillian Fraser CEC was chosen as one of those visits on August 29th and while there the Minister had a tour of the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital.
Your Liberal government is committed to improving Nova Scotia’s education system. That’s why we created the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. We are striving to ensure the recommendations that the council provided be completed and addressed, the most recent being a new attendance policy.
Starting October 1st, this new policy will address the growing concern of student absenteeism in schools across Nova Scotia. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
It was with great pride that I joined the Lieutenant Governor for Nova Scotia, the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, along with other dignitaries to officially unveil the monument recognizing the importance of Canadian Forces Station Debert (also known as Camp Debert).
My sincere congratulations to the members of the Debert Military History Society who work constantly to maintain and promote Debert’s military history. Through the Debert Military Museum they have a diverse collection of military memorabilia that attracts visitors to Nova Scotia and in particular, Colchester County. This museum would not be possible without the work of the Society’s members.