Board of Trade hosts public forum at Parrsboro Fire Hall
Parrsboro municipal candidates present ideas
Parrsboro - Its all over but the voting.
Come Oct. 18 Parrsboro residents will be able to go to the polls and choose who they think will best represent Parrsboro in council.
The seven candidates campaigning for a position
on Parrsboros council - Gleneida Canning, Dawn Reid, Dr. David Howe, Lyle Yorke, Lois Smith, David Harrison and Lloyd Smith appeared in a candidates forum hosted by the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade at the fire hall on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Canning spoke about various issues, including the current sewer project now under way in phased approach, as well as other things she has been involved in during her 11 years on council.
I listen and ask questions, she said. I feel I can bring a point of view that is different from others. Currently we work on consensus. We dont always agree and everyone has a chance to address their concerns.
Reid said she decided to run for council after attending numerous council meetings since January, which she said confirmed for her it was something that she wanted.
I want to represent the town of Parrsboro, I want to help make changes, I want to help support the municipality in any way that I can, she said. I want to help bring new businesses to town, I want to support the municipality by being on council.
How said his primary focus as a councillor would be to look at ways to attract more people to the area.
At the moment our population is declining, which makes it hard for businesses, he said. We need to build on what we have.
Another incumbent councillor, Yorke said he has dealt with issues of the town the same way he deals with his own furniture and appliance business, which he has operated in Parrsboro for 46 years.
Ive always tried to be fair in all my decisions and prefer to do things that benefit the town as a whole, he said. If we put all of our resources into one organization, what about the others? You have to be fair and reasonable.
Lois Smith said she would like to continue to serve on council to ensure the projects that have been implemented in the past three years are maintained and further developed.
If re-elected I will continue to maintain a reasonable tax rate while providing the same quality of services, work with the youth town council, support all community organizations and provide benefits of living in this small town, she said.
While admitting he had no platform, Harrison said he is very interested in what happens in the town, and would bring a strong business background to the table.
I dont believe in setting unrealistic goals and I dont believe in telling people everything is going to be sunny and bright when its not, he said. I can bring a reality check to certain things. It may come off a little hard-nosed sometimes but I guess we all need that every now and again.
Lloyd Smith said he believes he can do a good job because he is honest, open-minded and hardworking with a fair bit of common sense.
That kind of approach makes him a good candidate, he told the packed crowd.
There are all kinds of bells and whistles that we do require in the town but we have to do it one step at a time as we can afford to pay for it, very similar to running your own home, he said. The amount of people that are losing their home with the economy... we dont want to lose our town, we want to do things one step at a time for people that live in the town.
Parrsboros municipal election is set for Oct. 18 at the fire hall with advance polls on Oct. 9 and Oct. 14, both at the fire hall.