Sunday was a big day for Tim Houston, Pictou East MLA, as he officially announced his candidacy for the Progressive Conservative Party leadership of Nova Scotia.
The lyrics, “Put me in coach” from the song Centerfield played as Houston and his family made their way on stage to an at-capacity crowd at Glasgow Square to make the announcement official.
“Politics is about choices,” Houston began. “Political choices impact each and every one of us every day.”
Houston addressed the doctor shortage crisis that Nova Scotia is facing and how it is a huge concern for Nova Scotians and one he wants to solve.
“I will not accept this standard,” he said. Houston added that because of current leader Jamie Baillie’s hard work, he believes the party is in a winning position and that the province is ready for a change.
“It’s about working with people to make things better,” he said. “I will not sugar coat problems and I will not propose band-aid solutions.”
Afterward, Houston added that he was impressed with the size of the crowd that turned out to help him launch into the candidacy. He said health care and education are two big items that he wants to tackle, along with growing the Nova Scotia’s economy.
Houston said he had current leader Jamie Baillie’s blessing to run for the position after Baillie announced he would be stepping down from it.
Fellow Pictou County MLAs had nothing but wishes of support for their fellow party member as they spoke about supporting Houston in the race.
“I’ve had the opportunity for the last few years to work extensively with Tim,” said Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn. “Tim is definitely intelligent and knows the system.” He added that with the momentum the party has gained lately, he thinks they are on a roll.
“I wasn’t surprised. I anticipated that he would throw his hat in the ring.”
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane was also very supportive of Houston and his decision to run.
“I have had four years now with Tim and we have had lots of opportunities to have in-depth conversations about where we want this province to go and a lot of our ideas align and I want to get behind someone that I know will work as hard as I do, and probably harder,” MacFarlane said. “Tim will be the leader of the party we can be proud of.”
With the support of his fellow MLAs as well as his family and a packed room of supporters, Houston was excited to announce his big news.
“People are ready to be led and I am ready to be a leader,” Houston said.
Supporters filled Glasgow Square to capacity on Sunday to celebrate MLA Tim Houston’s announcement. (Brimicombe photo)