Belliveau reflects at the 10-year mark

June 13, 2016

For Immediate Release

Halifax, NS – 10 years ago today Sterling Belliveau was first elected to the provincial Legislature.  He is using this
occasion to reflect on a political career spanning 3 decades.  “At different points of my life I have taken stock of what it is I have accomplished and what it is I would like to do next.  I think reaching the 10-year mark as an MLA is a fitting point for reflection,” he said.

In the 1980s, Belliveau enjoyed 3 terms as the elected chairperson of the District 34 Lobster Advisory Board.  He then moved on to municipal politics, where he was elected warden of the Municipality of the District of Barrington four times, serving until 2006, when he ran successfully for the NDP in Shelburne.  He was the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, as well as the Minister of Environment, in the NDP government from 2009 to 2013.

Throughout this time, Belliveau has enjoyed helping voice local concerns.  He says, “When I first came to the Legislature, I was honored to have the opportunity to bring local issues, such as Bay Side Home expansion and access to capital for young fishers, to Government House.  Today, I remain thankful for the trust put in me by the constituents of Queens-Shelburne.  Whether it has been helping to secure a pension plan for over 500 Bowater workers, or drawing attention to ER closures at Roseway Hospital on the floor of the Legislature, I have always tried to do right by the people I represent.”

While Belliveau remains committed to his role during this term, he has decided that when the next election is called, it will be time for a new NDP candidate to put their name forward in Queens-Shelburne.  “Life is about chapters and chapters make you whole.  My time as chairperson of the District 34 lobster advisory board and municipal warden each lasted about 10 years.  When the Premier calls the next election, it will be time for me to ‘leave the dance,’” he said.

Until that time, Belliveau wants the people of Queens-Shelburne to know that his commitment to the riding remains steadfast.  “I am aware that there may not be another election until 2018.  However, we know there could be an election as early as this fall.  Therefore, I want to give others the opportunity to prepare for whatever the future holds.  Until that time, the people of Queens-Shelburne can count on my full attention,” Belliveau said.

On this occasion, Leader Gary Burrill recognizes the ongoing contributions Belliveau makes to both the Party and Caucus.  “For ten years, Sterling has been a strong voice in the Legislature on a range of issues, from fisheries to health care to transportation.  Our Party, our caucus and I look forward to Sterling’s continuing contributions as he completes the remainder of this term,” Burrill said.

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