November 30, 2022

Nova Scotia’s youngest political candidates say they are up to the challenge


Young Nova Scotia provincial candidates say they are up to the challenge as voters go to the polls on August 17.

Progressive Conservative candidate Scott Ellis spent Thursday morning plotting his door-to-door route for the day.

“You have the chance to make a difference in people’s lives,” he says. “Whether you are elected or not, you hear the stories of the people, the people are ready to share their stories and it is truly a privilege for me to be able to present myself in the region.

Ellis is running in the riding of Halifax Needham. He says the main focus of his election campaign is mental health, a cause close to his heart.

“This is the PC party’s universal mental health care plan,” says Ellis. “I am a survivor of anorexia and eating disorders that came on all of a sudden without warning. “

In the riding of Argyle, voters will find Liberal candidate Nick d’Entremont on the August 17 ballot.

“I’ve been pretty involved, always involved in politics,” he says. “The main reason I started my name is because I want to help people. It’s in my blood. I come from a family of volunteers and teachers.

At 19, d’Entremont says he is focusing on health care, more support for the elderly and tourism.

“We need to make sure our tourism industry gets back on track after the pandemic because we knew it had been hit hard,” he says. “We have to get this ferry back to working order so that we can have an economic rebound and the ferry will help do that in our area.”

Lauren Skabar, 24, has been a titular NDP since she was a teenager. Skabar ran as a candidate for Cumberland North.

“I just graduated from Dalhousie, got my masters and thought there was no better time than now,” she says. “There’s an election, and I’m capable and I’m really excited about it.”

Skabar says she is passionate about healthcare and rent control.

“You don’t often think about it in small towns, like Amherst, or Pugwash or Wallace, and the people there need rent control as bad as we need rent control in the city. . “

The youngest MP to ever be elected in Nova Scotia is Mat Whynott.

He won the riding of Hammonds Plains Upper Sackville at the age of 23 in 2009.

“I got involved in politics because of the people,” he says. “I got involved because I saw that there were things that were wrong and I wanted to be part of the solution of how to fix them.”

The former MP lost in 2013, but pursued a political career. These days he works for the federal New Democrats.

He is delighted to see young people running in this year’s provincial election.

“One of the things that motivated me when I got involved in politics was that I would knock on doors once a week between elections,” says Whynott. “Because a lot of times you get into that bubble of legislature or government, and I think it’s really important to stay in touch with the people you represent. “

Words of wisdom from a former deputy to young candidates, with all eyes on the August 17 election.