Port Wade man says fish farm experience catalyst to seek office
Port Wade resident Ron Neufeld has thrown his hat into the provincial election ring as Annapolis riding candidate for the Green Party of Nova Scotia. He joins Liberal candidate Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative Ginny Hurlock, and NDP candidate Henry Spurr in the race for the seat held by Nova Scotia Liberal Leader McNeil. Election day is October 8.
Neufeld, a former telecommunications technician from British Columbia, retired to Nova Scotia in 2007 where he and Kathaleen Milan began restoring a century home on the Annapolis Basin. What happened next was enough to make him want to try to change things.
“In 2012 a fish farm was installed next to our home on an abandoned, undisclosed and unmarked lease,” Neufeld said. “This has given us first-hand experience dealing with a government that has an environment minister and aquaculture minister all rolled into one.”
In Neufeld’s words: “The aquaculture industry score 100, the environment and regulations 0.”
He said this experience was the catalyst for his running as a candidate for the Green Party.
“Political party after political party assures people their objective is to 'grow the economy' and at the same time do it sustainably, we know that is not possible,” he said. “We cannot keep extracting more from the environment than we can possibly replace.
“My intention is to present voters with an option, to vote while not having to hold their noses to do so or stay away in despair. I want them to know they can breath easy and vote Green.”
Neufeld said the Green party has the only platform that looks at our lives in a holistic way.
“Every decision is made with the environment as a priority, as was mine when I decided to run as a candidate for the Green Party.”
"Ron is a typical Green," said party leader John Percy. "He is our neighbour, our friend, a community-oriented person who sees local concerns and wants to act. He sees an injustice and wants to make it right."
Percy said the platform will focus on a healthy economy, healthy communities, and a healthy environment.
“All three are essential ingredients in a sustainable way of life,” Percy said. “Ignore one and the other two fail. It’s time we started viewing our lives, our communities, and our natural surroundings as inextricably linked, and implement effective policies that recognize this fundamental truth.”
The Green Party of Nova Scotia platform can be found here: