Samson re-offering for Cape Breton-Richmond

RICHMOND: A local MLA said he is ready to run should a provincial election be called.

Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson will take part in his seventh nomination meeting on Sunday, April 30.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to defend the record of representation I’ve provided to the residents of Cape Breton-Richmond since the last election [when] we formed a majority government,” Samson said on Monday. “And, to be able to talk about some of the strategic investments that have been made in our area and the work I’ve been able to do with municipalities, with community organizations and with individuals to address their concerns and their priorities.”

As for issues facing the area, Samson said infrastructure remains high on the list, whether it is development for roads, tourism, wastewater, health care, or others. He also said the economy remains a challenge.

“I think the residents of Cape Breton-Richmond have seen the benefits of having a majority Liberal government and the member who was on the executive council of that government, with the millions of dollars of investments that were made in roads in our area, the various community organizations that had infrastructure support for their projects, and being able to get things done on behalf of constituents,” said Samson. “Hopefully, residents have seen the benefits of that.”

Samson said it’s been a pleasure representing the residents of Cape Breton-Richmond, noting he’s worked closely with Port Hawkesbury Town Council and other individuals in the area. He said the same of residents of Big Pond, East Bay, Grand Mira, and others.

A Petit de Grat native, Samson was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Richmond in 1998 and was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2013.

Samson served as Minister of the Environment, Minister of Communications Nova Scotia and the Minister Responsible for the Youth Secretariat Act during his time in government. While in the opposition benches, he served as interim Leader for the Liberal Party from June 2006 to April 2007.

Samson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Dalhousie University before graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 1997 with a specialization in Marine Law. He was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers Society in November of 1998.

As a member of the McNeil government, Samson has served as Minister of Energy, Minister of Trade, Minister of Acadian Affairs, and Government House Leader, among other roles.