Cumberland South PC party holds annual general meeting

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Riding association honours volunteer of the year Sandra Barrett

SPRINGHILL-A record-breaking crowd packed the Springhill legion Saturday night on the occasion of the Cumberland South PC party’s annual general meeting.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our county,” stated Nova Scotia PC party leader and Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie. “I want to personally thank all of our volunteers who keep our legions and museums going. We had an election this past year and I would like to take this time to thank all of the volunteers from all of the (political) parties for doing their part to contribute to the democratic process.”

Baillie said that while it wasn’t easy for the Cumberland South PC party riding association to select just one person to be its volunteer of the year, he stated that Sandra Barrett epitomized everything a volunteer should be due to her dedication.

“Sandra is a caring, dedicated, friendly volunteer who we should take the time thank for all she does,” said Baillie, who was impressed by the size of the crowd.

“It’s a record crowd,” said Baillie of the more than 100 people who packed the Springhill legion Saturday. “The Springhill legion is very important to me and to my political career: it’s where I was first nominated, elected and re-elected.”

In addition to honouring Barrett, Baillie discussed his party’s commitment to a number of issues that have, and continue to affect, the riding of Cumberland South.

“My proudest moment from the past year was the announcement that River Hebert would be receiving its new school,” said Baillie. “I am also going to hold Premier Stephen McNeil to his promise that he will not just renovate, but expand the Springhill Junior/Senior High school gymnasium so that it is regulation size.”

Speaking of promises, Baillie, who claims that his party is the only one that continues to say and do the same thing it said after the election as it did during the election, said that the Liberals have already went back on at least one promise.

“Our power bills have already gone up twice in January alone,” said Baillie.

In addition to continuing the fight to keep the Wentworth Consolidated school open, Baillie stressed the importance of new elementary school for Springhill.

“Springhill’s two elementary schools, West End and Junction Road, are both past their best before dates,” said Baillie. “It is very important that there is a new, consolidated, unified, 21st century school for the students of Springhill and area.”

In addition to education, Baillie touched upon the geothermal pact that was recently signed between the government and Springhill, as well as strip mining.

“All of us are waiting to hear from the mining company and what the costs of strip mining in Springhill will be so an informed decision can be made,” said Baillie.

 

Organizations: Wentworth Consolidated school

Geographic location: Cumberland South, River Hebert, West End Junction Road

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