Theriault Not Reoffering in Digby-Annapolis
Beloved Liberal MLA for Digby-Annapolis Harold “Junior” Theriault is today announcing that he will not be reoffering in the next provincial election.
“Serving the people of Digby-Annapolis has always been a privilege, but there comes a time when you have to put your health and your family first,” says Theriault, a lifelong Digby native. “That time for me is when the writ is dropped for next provincial election - it’s just the right thing to do.”
Theriault, the long time Liberal fisheries critic who spent 35 years in the commercial fishery of southwestern Nova Scotia, says the decision to step away from provincial politics was based on advice from his doctor.
“Get the stress out of my life - those were the doctor’s orders,” explains Theriault. “And if you’re going to do this job right, it has to be stressful.”
Theriault says that while he may be stepping out of public life, he’s not stepping away from the Liberal party or his community.
“After the mess this NDP government has made of our province and here in sou’west Nova Scotia in particular, it’s going to be the leadership of Stephen McNeil and a Liberal government that turn us around,” says Theriault. “When I was deciding to put my name on the ballot, it was Joe Casey who took me under his wing and shared everything he knew about how to serve the people the right way - whoever the next candidate is in Digby-Annapolis, I hope I can do the same.”
Known for his warmth, wit and compassion, the straight-talking Theriault says after 45 years of work, he’s eager to watch his ten grandchildren grow up.
Theriault was first elected in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006 and in 2009. He served as the Liberal caucus whip from 2009 to 2011 and has been a mainstay on the Veteran’s Affairs committee. In addition to fisheries, Theriault has also served as the Liberal critic for seniors, communities, culture and heritage as well as the Emergency Measures Act.
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