Giroux hopes to return riding to Tories

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Roads, jobs to biggest issues in riding

AMHERST – Judi Giroux has never been known to shy away from hard work.

AMHERST – Judi Giroux has never been known to shy away from hard work.

A volunteer with various community boards and organizations, it didn’t take her long to decide on seeking the Progressive Conservative nomination in Cumberland North.

Giroux was nominated in March 2012 and has been crisscrossing the riding since then in hopes of returning Cumberland North to the PC fold after falling to the New Democrats in 2009.

“I’ve been a volunteer in whichever community I’ve lived in since I was 16. I have always wanted to do good work in my community,” she said. “I decided to take the next step to run as MLA so I could continue to the best I could for my community.”

Giroux knows Cumberland North has traditionally been a Conservative riding, but she is not taking anything for granted. She said there are three strong candidates and the voters will choose who they feel will best represent them in Halifax.

Among the issues she is hearing as she goes door to door is the state of the roads in the riding.

“I was looking over the government’s five-year plan for paving and there are only 32.4 kilometres of paving approved. That’s not nearly enough. We have many more roads that are in terrible condition and need to be fixed now, not in five years or 10 years,” said Giroux. “In the past year I have talked to people in places like those on the Chapman Settlement Road. It’s just one example of a road that needs help. “

Along with terrible roads, Giroux said too many people are being forced to head west to find work because there is no opportunity at home.

“We need to give them a choice,” she said. “Part of fixing it is lowering the business tax. Once you do that, businesses are going to be able to retain more people. You’ll also be able to attract more businesses here to create more jobs.”

Giroux said she’s disappointed with the continued cuts to education. Government, she said, is saying the reductions aren’t hurting the classroom, but she finds that hard to believe. She said she has talked to parents whose children have been impacted by larger class sizes and reductions to teachers assistants.

While she supports redirecting health care dollars to frontline care, Giroux said local representation would still be provided through community health boards.

Giroux, who in August took a leave of absence as the constituency assistant for Conservative MP Scott Armstrong, said she has learned much from her work experience and that with organizations like the United Way, Silent Witness, the Lioness Club and the Y Service Club.

“My professional work and my work in the community have provided valuable experience in working with and for people,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being given the opportunity to represent the people of this area on a daily basis for the next four years.”

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Organizations: United Way, Lioness Club

Geographic location: Cumberland North, Halifax, Chapman Settlement Road

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  • Graham Johnston
    September 15, 2013 - 09:28

    Ted, the evidence is in front of YOUR eyes: Dexter promised to not increase taxes if elected the last time around. He promised to bring fiscal responsibility to government and to rationalize and improve the healthcare system. He failed miserably at everything. What in fact we got from him is that he immediately increased the HST from 13% to 15%. Despite the massive infusion of revenue from his obscene tax grab, the NDP recorded massive budget deficits ever year- ultimately adding $2 billion to the provincial debt in just four years. The current RHA health delivery system continues to be sick and beyond salvage. Change is long overdue and we need to look beyond blind political rhetoric such as yours for solutions. For instance, John MacDonald, a political candidate, advocates a reasonable solution to healthcare through RHA amalgamation. MacDonald is probably better qualified than any other provincial candidate in this election - in any party - to speak to this issue. He is lawyer with advanced education in political science, economics and public administration. He is also chairman of the Colchester-East Hants Health Authority. He has led his community through construction of a new hospital. Despite his success from the inside, heading up a large health authority, he favours RHA amalgamation. He wants to preserve healthcare jobs and enhance community and family health, something your NDP team has tried for four years, and failed to do.

  • Ted
    September 13, 2013 - 13:17

    "Giroux hopes to return riding to Tories" Well hat's the problem isn't it really? The Tories just want to settle a a score and no one's really thinking about what's actually best for the people of Cumberland North. here's hoping that changes over the course of the campaign and voters look at the evidence that's right in front of their eyes and make the best choice.