Green Party candidate Bruce McCulloch enter races; critical of rate freeze, HST reduction
© Jamie Heap-Cumberlandnewsnow.com
Nova Scotia Green Party candidate Bruce McCulloch of Parrsboro, seen here in front of the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro on Saturday, entered the hotly contested race for Cumberland South this past week. He will be opposed by Larry Duchesne (NDP); Kenny John Jackson (Liberal) and incumbent MLA/PC leader Jamie Baillie when Nova Scotia Votes on Tuesday, October 8.
PARRSBORO-Through September 22, Cumberland South was a three-horse race. That all changed on Monday, September 23 when Green Party candidate Bruce McCulloch threw his hat into the hotly contested Cumberland South political race.
“When I listened to the other candidates’ platforms, I felt that they did not have them in balance,” stated McCulloch. “They were missing the environment.”
McCulloch, along with other such members of the Nova Scotia Green Party as leader John Percy, believes in such principles as ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and the respect for diversity.
McCulloch, a native of Ontario who resides in Parrsboro with his wife Terri, is an employee of IMP. Prior to this, McCulloch installed window inflectors in such buildings as the Fundy Geological Museum and the Parrsboro branch of the RBC 15 years ago. “I’m pleased to see them still there 15 years later,” said McCulloch.
McCulloch has also been on the Ship’s Company Theatre Board for 18 years.
Politically, McCulloch who believes in fiscal responsibility and social progress, seems to be especially concerned by the platform of the Progressive Conservatives.
“Jamie Baillie’s freezing of power rates for five years will not provide people with a sense of environmental responsibility, nor an incentive, to preserve energy,” argued McCulloch. “People might think that they’ll be better off five years from now, but they won’t be,” stated McCulloch. “This is bad long-term planning.”
McCulloch is also opposed to reducing the HST. “The NDP and Tories are both talking about a reduction of the HST,” said McCulloch. “We’d all like to see it, but, the HST is a consumption tax,” he added. “A reduction of it doesn’t fit with our values. We have a graduated income tax system that could be changed so more stays in the hands of Nova Scotians-- it just wouldn’t be by cutting the HST or the NDP energy efficiency tax that the Liberals and PCs are talking about removing.”
In addition to using a graduated income tax system, McCulloch would encourage Springhill businesses to use geothermal energy. In terms of education and health care, McCulloch advocates hospice use to free up hospital beds and smaller class sizes. “We need a Green voice in the Legislature and I’d be pleased if it was me.”