Well known piper Robbie MacInnis is trying his hand at something new: he’s thrown his hat into the political ring for District 3 in the upcoming municipal election.
District 3 includes the areas surrounding the Town of Pictou including Bayview, Three Brooks, Caribou River and Caribou Island as well as parts of Toney River and Pictou Island.
MacInnis grew up in North Sydney where his mother and siblings still live. “I moved to Pictou County over 20 years ago. My wife Kelly and I built our house in Three Brooks next to my in-laws, Barbara Ann and Ira Grant in 2007. We have two boys, Zachary and Aaron, two dogs, Oreo and Poppy, one cat and one rabbit.”
MacInnis believes he would be a good municipal councillor. “I have a wide range of work and life experience. I have been an entrepreneur, an investment banker, I’ve worked retail and production. I also have been a member of the military since I was 19 and am a captain in the Cadet Instructor Cadre. The military has provided lots of opportunities for leadership development as well as learning how to work well with others. I am fair and straight forward. I will speak my mind and I think that will translate well in politics.”
MacInnis is the pipe instructor for both the adult band, Na Gaisgich and the youth band, the Heatherbells and also instructs the senior cadet pipers in the region. “I also play a mean keyboard and am currently part of the local Celtic rock group, East River Rats.”
A serious motor vehicle accident in his 20s shaped the candidate into the man he is today. “That left me with permanent hearing loss and mobility issues. I spent many months in the Halifax Rehab Centre recovering and spent over a year in a wheelchair. I have been very lucky to have recovered to the point where I can work today. I know that life has to be lived while you can. Tomorrow is never promised.”
He is well aware of several issues facing the municipality.
“Illegal dumping is an ongoing battle in our area. I am certain there are creative solutions to improve this problem. Also, I am hearing from residents who are very concerned about the amount of speeding occurring in rural areas. We need to work with our local police to come up with a plan. Ongoing support for our local fire departments is also paramount and the upcoming municipal high speed internet project will undoubtedly be a major priority over the next four years. I think the opportunities this will afford our county in the coming years are huge. I want to ensure that residents of District 3 get the high speed internet they need and deserve as quickly as possible.”
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