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Carman Kerr

Liberal Candidate for Annapolis

Carman is proud to have been born and raised in Annapolis County.

After graduating from Dalhousie University, he spent many years in the tourism sector as a successful executive, entrepreneur and consultant.

In recent years, Carman served as the constituency assistant to Liberal MLA, Hon. Keith Irving where he saw first-hand how MLAs help people solve problems, access government programs and contribute to decisions that impact the quality of life of residents in our communities.

Carman has a passion for helping people and he is an active volunteer. He has always looked for opportunities to help improve the lives of his fellow residents and make his community an even better place to live, work, and play.

Carman and his wife Melanie and are proud parents of two young boys and they are so thankful to be raising their children here at home in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

A Strong Voice for Annapolis

Over the past nearly 18 years as the MLA for Annapolis, Hon. Stephen McNeil has been a tireless advocate for his constituents, bringing their voice to government and securing funding for important projects such as the Bridgetown Regional Outdoor Sport Hub, primary health centre in Middleton, and expansion to the Nova Scotia Community College’s Centre of Geographic Sciences.

Carman is excited to build on this legacy of tremendous leadership as the next MLA for Annapolis.

 

Affordable Housing

As an MLA assistant, Carman has seen first-hand the growing challenges around affordable housing and homelessness in Nova Scotia. He knows that this is not just an urban problem but that it is a very real concern in rural parts of the province as well, including in Annapolis.

He has extensive experience working with the Western Regional Housing Authority and other groups to help constituents find housing that meets their needs.

Carman believes that every Nova Scotian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home and that we all benefit when every member of our community has suitable accommodations.

As MLA, he will be a strong advocate for government programs and policy that help increase housing stock, decrease housing costs, enhance financial support for low-income individuals, and create economic opportunities so that more residents of Annapolis are able to access housing that they can afford.

Business and Economic Development

Before serving as the assistant to MLA Keith Irving, Carman had a successful career as an entrepreneur and small business operator. He knows that small businesses are the backbone of our rural economy and contribute so much to the vibrancy of our communities.

As MLA, Carman will work diligently to ensure that small businesses have the supports they need to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and to flourish again as we begin to build back on the other side.

He believes that it is crucial that governments create an environment where small businesses can thrive by providing assistance when needed but also by knowing when to step out of the way to allow our smart, innovative, and hard-working business people unleash their full potential.

Environment

Carman built a career in the tourism sector through promoting Annapolis County and Nova Scotia to the world as a place of incredible natural beauty.

He knows how important our natural areas are to our mental, physical, and economic health and he wants to ensure that we protect these important resources for future generations.

Carman understands that the economy and the environment are inextricably linked – that we cannot have a strong economy without a healthy environment.

He believes that climate change is real and that significant climate action is required to avoid dire consequences.

As MLA, Carman will always be a strong advocate for the environment and for sustainable use of our natural resources.

Primary Care Recruitment

Carman knows how important it is to have a primary care team and increasing access to primary care professionals for folks in Annapolis is one of his top priorities.

Through his work as an MLA assistant and involvement with the Annapolis Valley Physician Recruitment and Retention committee, Carman has gained insight into the scale of the doctor shortage in our area and the complexities and challenges associated with recruiting primary care professionals to rural communities.

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