Liberal Candidate for Yarmouth
Zach has proudly represented the people of Yarmouth since 2010 in the Nova Scotia Legislature. He has been a strong advocate for the tourism industry, lending his voice to ensuring the Yarmouth ferry returns to boost business in the region. He has secured large investments for repairs to highways and roads in the community to ensure residents can enjoy a safe and efficient commute. Zach has also fought for greater access to primary care services, including a new care clinic, virtual care options for unattached patients, and expanded scope of practice for pharmacists.
He has been responsible for several cabinet portfolios, including the Minister of Natural Resources, Municipal Affairs, Communications Nova Scotia, and Education and Early Childhood Development. Most recently, Zach was named Minister of Health and Wellness. Prior to politics, he graduated from Saint Mary’s University and served as National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.
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Zach has been a strong advocate for the tourism industry, lending his voice to ensuring the Yarmouth ferry returns to boost business in the region. Phase 1 upgrades to the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal saw an investment of $9 million from all levels of government to upgraded and relocated both the primary inspection line and toll booths. It also improved yard lighting, replaced the transfer bridge and pontoon, and upgraded the existing terminal building. This work is vital towards our government’s continued commitment to the ferry and our community’s future economic success, when we are able to safely re-open to American travelers.
Zach has secured large investments for repairs to highways and roads in the community to ensure residents can enjoy a safe and efficient commute. Over the past little while, there has been a lot of progress on this issue throughout the riding. Using the Gravel Road Capital Program, we have done work on the Canaan Road, Lake Darling Road, Perry Road, Raynardton Road, Lake George Road, and Ellis Road.
We also had the Mood Road paving completed and repair work done on the Wyman Road, the Kinney Hill Road, Trunk 3 in Arcadia, Route 203, and Melbourne Road. We have also completed work on the Durkee Road Bridge and a $515,000 investment to Cape Forchu.
Zach has also fought for greater access to primary care services, including a new care clinic, virtual care options for unattached patients, and expanded scope of practice for pharmacists. Over the last three years, our government have recruited 75 doctors to the Western Zone, practicing both family medicine and specialized care. We have increased the supply of nurses by funding 70 nursing seats, including those at Dalhousie’s Yarmouth campus.
We have also expanded virtual care, creating new partnerships with the Health Authority to deliver Virtual Care Nova Scotia, providing 3,500 people in Yarmouth without primary care provider with access to a range of health services, like prescribing medications, order tests, and make referrals for specialized care.
Zach has also been at the forefront of expanding education and childcare across the province. Since September 2020, every 4 year-old in the province has access to free pre-primary programs no matter where they live. More than 14,000 children have attended the program since it was first launched in 2017. This gives every child, regardless of their socio-economic circumstance, the best start in life. With improvements to Maple Grove Education Centre and the new Yarmouth Elementary School, we have made lots of progress in our community.
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