Puts emphasis on solid finances and protecting essential services
By Lawrence Powell
Henry Spurr is expected to carry the NDP banner in Annapolis as he seeks the nomination September 11 at a party meeting at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Annapolis Royal for the October 8 provincial vote.
“The New Democrats got us through the worst recession since the Great Depression,” said Spurr. “Like Tommy Douglas, they are committed to solid finances, they have balanced the budget, and they have earned the province’s best ever credit rating.”
For Spurr, this is the best way to protect essential services like health care, education, job training, and seniors’ services.
Spurr will be running against incumbent MLA and Nova Scotia Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil, and Bear River Progessive Conservative candidate Ginny Hurlock.
Spurr’s family has deep roots in Annapolis. His great grandfather deeded land to the Anglican Bishop, and then helped clear the land and build the church in Perotte. He is the seventh generation to live there. Spurr said he wants to bring jobs and people back to Annapolis County. Like many local residents, he has also had to work “away” but he has always come home. During his 30-year career, Spurr was active in his union and a manager with Canada Post. He worked in many parts of Nova Scotia: serving as postmaster in Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Middleton, and Truro; and field service manager for Eastern Nova Scotia. He even did a brief stint in Calgary.
Spurr said he knows the challenges people face earning a living for a family in our community. He has put his hand to many jobs, including dairy farming, supervisor at the United Elastic Plant in Centrelea, bus driver, worker at the Convergys Call Centre, and for a while ran his own small scale sawmill. He said he is committed to building a community where young people, kids, and grand kids can stay, get a good job, and raise a family.
Spurr has a long record of community service and has been active as a warden, member, and now treasurer of his parish council; chair of the cemetery committee which is creating an historic index to all burials within the parish; and has also played many roles over the years in keeping St. Anne’s Camp running smoothly.
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Spurr also helped found the Annapolis County Environmental Protection Association which defeated the proposed Round Hill dump in the 1990s and set the ball rolling for the recycling program which is now part of Nova Scotians’ everyday lives. He also helped establish the Annapolis County Adult Learning Network, which worked for literacy and adult learning before the province took over these services.
Spurr has been active in the local NDP as West Nova federal treasurer and Annapolis provincial chair and treasurer. He has served as an official agent for many campaigns, and ran for the NDP in 2009, finishing second.
Henry Spurr provided a few examples of practical solutions to big problems delivered by the NDP government. He said the NDP stepped up to get Bridgetown back on its feet after a financial crisis and provided a caretaker CAO and council, as well as funding for a forensic review. They brought in a road-paving plan that resulted in more paving for less. Highway 10 had not been paved in 40 years, and has now been upgraded and resurfaced.
And the NDP opened a new Collaborative Emergency Centre at the Annapolis Community Health Centre. Fine-tuning is still needed, but the CEC has already resulted in much better access to primary care, and a reduction in ER closings.
“Annapolis needs an MLA that will work for all of Annapolis on issues that are important to its future,” Spurr said.
Henry Spurr is a widower with four grown children.
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Wednesday nomination meeting.