Argyle Barrington candidates Chris d'Entremont/ PC; Kenn Baynton/ NDP; and Kent Blades/ Liberal.
Chris d’Entremont/ Progressive Conservative
The three political candidates who are running for election in the Argyle-Barrington riding will be taking part in a forum on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) at Salle Père-Maurice-LeBlanc in Tusket.
This forum will be moderated by Réal Boudreau, president of la Chambre de commerce d’Argyle Chamber of Commerce.
The three candidates in the riding are Kent Blades for the Liberal party, Kenn Baynton for the NDP and Chris d’Entremont for the Progressive Conservatives.
A series of questions will be asked of the three candidates and the public will have the opportunity to listen to their responses and to ask questions at the end of the forum.
“This is the first time that the region hosts such a forum and we urge you to attend,” a spokesperson for the forum said in a media release.
The candidates running in the Argyle-Barrington riding are:
The following are some short biographies of the three Argyle-Barrington candidates:
Progressive Conservative party
Chris d’Entremont is seeking re-election as an MLA for the Progressive Conservative party, but this time as a candidate for the new provincial constituency of Argyle-Barrington.
D’Entremont had served the constituency of Argyle since 2003.
“It has been an honour to represent Argyle for the past 10 years, and I am looking forward to working with people in the new constituency of Argyle-Barrington,” he says.
D'Entremont was first elected as the MLA for Argyle in 2003, and was immediately appointed Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2009, and has also served as Minister of Health, Minister of Community Services, Minister of Acadian Affairs, and Minister responsible for the Youth Secretariat.
Prior to his political office, d'Entremont worked as a radio announcer. Later he was employed by TriStar Industries, as an electronics salesperson and then worked for Camille d'Eon Boatbuilders. He also worked as an economic development officer.
He is married and has two sons.
Kent Blades/ Liberal
Kent Blades, is a retired social worker from Lower Clarks Harbour and will carry the Liberal banner for the new riding of Argyle-Barrington.
The owner/editor of former The Guardian newspaper serving Shelburne County, he is also author of “Net Destruction,” a book on the collapse of the northwest Atlantic ground fishery. Blades served three terms on Barrington Municipal Council.
He and his wife, Cathy, have three grown sons and have been married for 38 years.
Among other issues, Blades has tried to gap the divide between the former Shelburne and Argyle ridings, forced together as a result of last year’s electoral boundary review.
Kenn Baynton/ NDP
Kenn Baynton of Newellton, Cape Sable Island, has been nominated as the NDP candidate for the Argyle-Barrington riding.
The former owner of Barrington Bay Music, he now serves as the bylaw enforcement officer for the Municipality of Barrington.
He is a volunteer firefighter with the Island and Barrington Passage Fire Department.
He has a keen interest in music and he and Gina Symonds recently collaborated to write the lyrics and music for a CD called Mile Marker One. A demo was selected by a panel of judges to receive a production grant from the N.S. Department of Communities, Heritage and Culture to produce the CD. One dollar from the sale of each CD goes to Child Find. Baynton lives with his partner Linda Symonds (no relation to Gina) in Newellton.
He is running for the NDP because he believes the party deserves another four years to continue its work.
This is his first try at public office.