Election 2020: District 10

District 10 includes Dominion, plus parts of Gardiner Mines, Glace Bay, Grand Lake Road and Reserve Mines.

I know I have already drawn this comparison (see: District 12) but District 10 is also shaped like a bat. (Or maybe I really do have a Halloween obsession.)

The district is home to 7,459 electors (second only to District 11) and in 2016, 4,388 of them cast ballots. Incumbent Darren Bruckschwaiger — who has served multiple but not consecutive terms and who is re-offering this year — defeated two opponents pretty decisively, garnering 2,441 votes.

This year, Bruckschwaiger faces just one challenger.


CBRM District 10 Map

 

Matthew Boyd

Matthew Boyd

Matthew Boyd

Why do you want to be a CBRM councilor?

There are two things that pushed me to want to enter this political landscape.  First, it has always been my nature to help when I see others in need.  My wife and some of our friends even pitched the idea of getting me a t-shirt that says “I work here,” because in stores, at the airport, I always want to try and help the people who look lost or discouraged.  So, I saw this as a chance to help on a grander scale.

Second, is for my children. I have two young children, and I do not want them to face the hurdles I faced after obtaining my education. After my first run at post-secondary, receiving a certificate in broadcasting, I started out right here in the CBRM, but it was more or less laid out for me that if I wanted more than the part-time, I would have to look elsewhere. Then with my BBA from CBU, it was very similar.  If I wanted to get ahead, I would have to leave the island.  I want my kids to grow up in a place that they will call home, and [where they will] be able to stay, if they choose, and follow whatever path they set out on.

What is one issue of concern to you and what is your plan to address it?

When I started this bid to become councilor, while I knew they were there and planned to face them head on, I did not fully understand the scope of the issues facing my own home. There are so many major issues we face: child poverty, unemployment, aged infrastructure. However, in some of my first dealings after receiving my nomination, I found that one of things on my list of “things I will fight for” could be an excellent starting point in tackling many of these issues.  Equalization fairness has become something I have been thinking a lot about. It is something that should be fought for. My plan to address this would be through knowledge. We need to get the facts to the constituents all over the CBRM, and let them see for themselves the obstacles we, as a municipality, are facing. The Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness have been doing this for years, but with more help from council, I believe we could start the changes necessary to help our communities grow.

Although it is now 25 years old, the CBRM doesn’t necessarily function as a single entity. Do you have any ideas for bringing our “community of communities” closer together?

I am not going to lie and tell you have some huge plan that will bring total unity to the CBRM, but I will take this time to pledge to work with all other councilors on bettering all communities.  If we can set aside differences, and all work together, I think the communities might just follow suit.

Where is one place in your district you always bring visitors?

Dominion beach. One of my fondest memories now is last year, when we brought my son there for the first time so that he could play in the sand and the water. It was his first beach, and will now and always hold a special place in my heart.

What is one question you wish I’d asked you?

I cannot think of anything that could possibly go here election related. It’s been a long strenuous week. “What is your idea of a perfect day?” A perfect day, for me, is any good day, as long as I am with my wife and my children, and that my children are not fighting us at all on meals or naptime.

 

Darren Bruckschwaiger

Darren Bruckschwaiger

Darren Bruckschwaiger

What do you see as your greatest accomplishment as a councilor?

The sewage treatment plant for Dominion and Bridgeport which allowed Dominion Beach to re-open after being closed for five years because of sewage contamination is definitely at the top of my list. The plant is an environmental victory as the water is now clean. The beach is a vibrant part of the CBRM, providing summer employment for students and a fun and safe destination for families, and very important to the tourism industry.

What do you hope to accomplish if you win another term?

Greater financial stability for the CBRM.  We need a better funding formula from the Province, but we also need to continue to bring a business case to the Province so that we can receive their help for projects and infrastructure. We need to focus on the means to invest in tourism, attracting new and assisting local businesses.  We need to have regular meetings with the business community so they can share their concerns and ideas.

A strong economy will help address our high unemployment rate, affordable housing shortage and child poverty.

Do you think large, “silver-bullet” projects like the container terminal are the answer for local economic development, or are there other approaches?

I believe we will see a container terminal, which will obviously be major for our economic growth, but I know we cannot rely solely on one business venture.  We need to also work with businesses in our downtowns and industrial parks, lower commercial tax rates, work with the local tourism industry to help provide what they need to grow, and continue to support initiatives such as the Atlantic Memorial Park.

Where is one place in your district you always bring visitors?

Dominion Beach.  It truly is spectacular. I like to take advantage of all opportunities to champion for this beautiful Provincial Park. Mother Nature has been hard on the beach as of late, but I still hold hope that we can continue to work with government partners to bring her back to her former glory.

What is one question you wish I’d asked you? 

We all know that 2020 has been a challenging year. I would like to be asked what were some successes for our district over the past term. We have many, over $10 million spent on infrastructure projects. The announcement for sewer treatment in Glace Bay. This project will eliminate all sewer from entering our shorelines. What a victory for our environment. Our new downtown Glace Bay Police Station, the reopening of the Miners Forum. But what I’m most proud of is being involved and watching the many volunteers rally together during such difficult times, leading the way to bring projects forward that are important to them. As a municipality, we will continue to work with these numerous groups to help make our communities a better place to live, work and play.

 

A note on this feature:

I decided to send candidates questions by email because, while speaking to each in person would be preferable, I knew I wouldn’t have time to conduct (and transcribe) 55 phone interviews.

 

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