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We asked Nova Scotians: What's your election issue?


As part of Saltwire Network's coverage of Nova Scotia's provincial election,  reporters asked voters: what is the hot button topic you want addressed during this election?

 “It’s extremely important to focus on education in today’s youth. I think good learning spaces for the students is needed.  The teachers also need a welcoming surrounding.  Having a welcoming surrounding is vital for teachers to do their jobs, which also makes it important to students.”
Marcus Gartland, 17
Louisbourg

 “Work to rule really messed things up this year.  It was pretty bad for the grads.  I would like to see teachers being treated better.  Our entire education system is dependent upon the teachers and if they aren’t getting the respect that they deserve, how can they do their job properly and give us the education that we need?”
Breanna Hogan, 17
Howe Center

 “Libraries are losing their funding and they might close. My kids are really involved in the library. They go to the events they hold there, and Maggie’s Place holds a few of them there as well. They have great reading groups and other activities, and it’s free.”
Jeremy Martin
Amherst

 “Health Care is important to me. Many things are not covered. There should be more coverage for people who can’t help the fact that they have a disease, they don’t have a choice in it. They need equipment and have to pay for it and that’s not right.”
Courtney Brown
Amherst

 “As somebody who is a medical lab tech working in the hospital, I think the (new) leader needs to have a really good plan they will implement on how they will be attracting new people to come work in health care. We need a lot of nurses, we need a lot of med lab techs and it seems that right now Cape Breton schools haven’t been able to meet that demand. So the incentives need to be there and there needs to be some concrete plan.”
Christine Yeung
Sydney

 “I think it’s education for the young people, in the classroom. I think it’s poorly strategized. I think teachers are frustrated and they’re angry. But I think they don’t know and I think the directives are poor and not wise. And they don’t consider the sacredness of learning for every child. And every child is different.”
John James MacNeil
Sydney

"My husband has lived here for 14 years and has never had a regular doctor," says Pam, who adds she hasn’t had her own family doctor in months.”
Pam Fisher
Digby

 “My number one issue is affordable housing for seniors. We all need it, we’re all on little tiny pensions and we can’t afford to keep our own houses.”
Bill Nicoll
Windsor

 “I would like to see, whomever gets elected, as they’re sharing their platform and presenting themselves, that they follow through on the promises that they make as best as they can. A lot of promises have not been follow through, they’ve been broken. Honesty is very high on my list.”
Rose Dobrowolski
Windsor

 “I’m really unhappy with Stephen McNeil’s treatment and policies around the environment, especially around biofuels and fracking. I just think there are ways, besides cutting down the forest, to generate energy, like solar and wind. We don’t need to be cutting down our trees to get electricity.”
Denise Grant
Kingsport

 “The roads. They’re falling apart and they’re hard on cars. My car isn’t handling them well.”
Tabitha Black
Debert

 “Poverty. Also human trafficking and prostitution, housing issues, which are connected to poverty.”
Jenn Gregory
Truro

Provincial Election 2017.

 

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