Municipal election 2021 – Meet the mayoral candidates for Campobello Island

CAMPOBELLO ISLAND – Two candidates.

Harvey Matthews

Why are you running for mayor?

I am running for mayor because in the past year I have been very displeased that our council lost members causing us to lose quorum. This has made it necessary for a representative, chosen by our provincial government, to oversee our municipality. I expressed this opinion and a number of people suggested I run. After much time, thought, and research, I decided that this was another level where I could help out and make a positive influence for the island. If you don’t step-up or speak-up, then nothing will change. I have been volunteering and working for islanders needs in various capacities for many years. I am a currently a Canada Coast Guard Auxiliary member and on our volunteer fire department. I am a board member for Fundy North Fishermen’s Association as the Campobello representative and Lobster and Scallop Committee member with them, and I am the representative for the Mid-Bay scallop fleet on the federal Inshore Scallop Advisory Committee. The interactions and experience I have gained from serving on these provincial and federal boards and committees would go a long way in helping to be mayor.

What is the first issue you’d like to tackle if elected?

The first issue to be tackled is to get our council up and running again, working together collectively for the betterment of our community. It has been about two years since we have had a full council. I want to get everyone working together, we can tackle any issue head on after that.

What new policy/program would you like to put in place?

There are a few that I feel deeply about.

We need to finish getting community access to our school up and running and we need to work toward a community centre. I know previous councils have started the groundwork for both, but we need to finish it. We need to be able to hold activities that aren’t centered around after school hours and non-holidays, to bring in more and different activities that the school doesn’t offer for a wide range of ages and residents. Communities need a place to be able to gather for activities, meetings, fundraisers, suppers, and more. I’d love to see an outdoor rink with this as well, we had some great volunteers from our school staff put together a homemade one this past winter and it was extremely well used and loved by all and I’d like to see that expanded on in the future.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing your municipality?

There are many challenges that our municipality faces, and I feel that one does not outweigh another because each issue affects each resident differently. The issue that can be fixed the quickest is to get our council back up and running so we can stop paying out so much extra money for the provincial representative to keep up the day-to-day workings of our community government. Aside from that, there is little here for our residents for activities, no community centre, no senior housing, no affordable housing, no activities or space for them except the school, which comes with stipulations. We have a dumping problem that is getting worse and needs to be solved quickly. We have poor internet at best, with people having to “hotspot” from their cell phones to be able to do online courses and Zoom meetings. That is not acceptable in 2021. Since I put my name in to run for mayor many people have contacted me on this last issue and I have asked opinions as well about the challenges surrounding a Canadian link to the island. Some islanders want a full-time, free ferry, some want an extension of the current season, some want just a reduced rate for island residents and some people are happy with the service we have because they do not want to hurt a long-time family business. Island residents need to come together and make one decision, one collective voice on this issue so the community can more forward, and a good, working council will make this happen.

Brett Newman

Why are you running for mayor?

I have been proud to serve our community for two years, advocating for our residents and wanting to bring a higher quality of life to everyone on Campobello.

What is the first issue you’d like to tackle if elected?

Transportation/infrastructure issues facing our community.

What new policy/program would you like to put in place?

Municipal public works.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing your municipality?

Campobello’s access. Encouraging people to move here with the lack of direct connection to Canada, year-round, can be quite difficult and hurts our ability to grow as a community.