Liberal Candidate for Hants East
Michael Blois is a life-long resident of Gore, East Hants and grew up on an eighth-generation family farm with his parents, Debbie and Barron, and three brothers.
Growing up, Michael was involved in many community sports, 4-H Club, and church activities. He attended Hants North Rural High before going on to complete a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Business at Dalhousie University and a Masters of Business Administration at Saint Mary’s University.
Michael’s family farm, Courthouse Hill Farm, is one of the oldest farms in North America and currently specializes in dairy, wild blueberries, forestry, bio-energy, and agri-tourism. Michael has had a lifelong goal of finding ways to help put Hants East on the map, leading to many entrepreneurial ventures such as an obstacle adventure course called MudCraft and a mountain biking trail system known as Empire Trails.
In 2016, Michael became the Director of the East Hants Chamber of Commerce. He also worked on the advocacy committee to support businesses and develop relationships with the municipal, provincial, and federal government. In 2019, Michael was awarded the Tom Parker Award for Chamber Member of the Year and was later promoted to President of the Chamber of Commerce.
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Whether a preschooler, a teenager, an adult or a senior, education is a lifelong process that never ends, it only evolves. People grow, develop, and connect through the knowledge shared within our community. This begins within a family, is fostered through school systems, and reinforced throughout organizations in the community. Advocating and helping advance education systems is a key part of Michael’s mandate.
Half of Michael’s family works in healthcare, so he has naturally been part of ongoing discussions on how to support and improve this vital part of the community. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system has certainly been put to the test. Michael believes that communities need to work together to maintain and enhance our healthcare system. The health status of our community (on both a mental and physical level) is an area Michael will work on to improve.
Michael, having grown up on a family farm where protecting the lands and diversifying for sustainability was and remains the farm’s focus, cares deeply about the environment and is greatly concerned about the future.
He knows that climate change is real and that denying its existence, particularly while considering a global population over seven billion driving over one billion cars and who’s needs are continually met by major industries, does not make sense.
Michael believes in setting an example and focusing on innovations that are necessary and inevitable. He acknowledges that the sooner we all take a lead, the sooner our communities can be ahead of the curve to protect the paradise we have here within Nova Scotia. For Michael, he particularly see this for Hants East.
The agriculture industry is changing daily, and the focus needs to be on innovation, education, and support to develop and sustain this important industry. Michael’s family farm specializes in diverse areas of agriculture, providing me with a unique appreciation of the challenges this industry faces, and an understanding of how to support it. Agri-business is a major driver of the Hants East GDP. Michael believes that the lands are currently under-utilized and that the opportunities for agricultural development are endless. We have the land, resources, and skills to service this growing demand.
Searching for and creating innovative ways to advance our community and businesses has been the mandate that Michael has been working on within the local Chamber of Commerce for the past five years. Advocating for the forestry industry, creating networking events, developing educational programs, supporting doctor recruitment, promoting tourism, and helping those in need are just a few of the areas Michael has worked on to develop.
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Every Day: You can vote every day at 224 Highway 214, East Hants – Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm
Advance Poll: You can vote early at Advance Polls from August 7 to 14
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Election Day: Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, August 17Additional Voting Information Vote Safe
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