Liberal Candidate for Kings South
Keith’s Nova Scotian roots run deep. His great, great grandfather, Captain Whitman Butler was a native of Yarmouth and sailed to ports around the world in the 1880s. His chart box filled with maps tracing his sailing routes sits in my living room today.
Keith shared a bit of his great, great grandfather’s wanderlust after graduating from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He eventually found himself working in Canada’s North where he established my architectural firm. The North is also where Keith began his political career by being elected to the Iqaluit Town Council.
Like other young Nova Scotians, Keith knew that he had to go away to know that he wanted to return to the quality of life that Nova Scotia offers. Returning to Nova Scotia in 2006, Keith got involved in local issues in Wolfville and eventually was elected to Wolfville Town Council before seeking the nomination in 2013 as King’s South’s Liberal candidate.
The two most important people in his life are his wife Katherine and his son Simon. Simon inherited the Irving travel gene –as a long-distance hiker. In 2018, he walked from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail, and then from the top of New Zealand to the bottom completing it just before the pandemic emerged in March 2020.
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The first decision Keith made after being elected in 2013 was to take the constituency office on the road – setting up for a day in community halls throughout Kings South, and this has been so important in getting a first-hand look at the issues. Keith has really enjoyed working through the issues that individuals or communities are facing and figuring out how to connect resources, track down key information, and ultimately find solutions.
In 2020-2021, the role of MLA took on an unimaginable scale as we worked through three waves of the Covid pandemic. The MLA office transformed into a centre for distributing the most current information and solving Covid related issues that evolved with each wave or set of restrictions. In so many ways, 2021 underscored how important the MLA and a strong MLA office are for our communities.
The advantage that Keith sees from serving as an MLA over two terms is that getting to see the results of work that takes a few years to come together. Kings South is experiencing an economic boom!
He has been encouraged by being involved in decisions that have accelerated investments which increased our agri-sector competitiveness, expanded our orchards, and improved the marketing of our food, wine, spirits and cider products made right here in the Valley. Young people are moving to Kings County because of these opportunities.
There have been significant investments in roads; including two major projects – the paving of Commercial Street and the development of the Granite Interchange in New Minas, along with repaving of J-class roads in Kings County.
Keith has worked hard to ensure broadband initiatives extend into the rural areas of the riding. He is pleased that the multi-community-driven initiative in doctor recruitment is showing results and that healthcare services (dialysis, palliative care, and remote medical appointments), available in the Valley are expanding every year.
When Keith was appointed Minister of Environment and Climate Change earlier this year the Premier asked that we accelerate our actions on the climate crisis and protected areas, and this is happening.
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