© Jonathan Riley
Marc Phillips is seeking the nomination fro the Liberal party in the new provincial riding of Clare-Digby.
Marc Phillips has joined the hunt for the Liberal party nomination in the provincial riding of Clare-Digby.
Phillips, who just retired after 18 years as general manager of the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, says the job gave him a lot of experience dealing with government of all levels.
“It gave me a good foundation working with politicians and bureaucrats, looking for business development opportunities, finding solutions,” he told the Courier last week.
Phillips is the second declared candidate—more could still submit papers or even be nominated from the floor. Phillips said the Liberal riding association is looking at early May for their nomination meeting.
He said the first step to attracting more business to Clare-Digby is a complete inventory of our assets.
“We have great transportation links—some of them need to be attended to and strengthened, but the bones are there,” he said. “We have great education opportunities here with the university. We have real good bones to build from.”
He said companies look for three things when they’re considering setting up shop: health care, education and recreation opportunities.
He said access to health care in the area needs some work and he thinks some of the regulations should be looked into to make it easier for foreign-trained doctors to practice.
“We need to look at a variety of ideas there and be open to them,” he said. “I don’t have all the answers but I do bring a fresh perspective.”
Phillips was elected to the Digby district school board (before there was a Tri-County Regional School board), he also ran for Digby town council and served as president of the Digby Liberal riding association; he sat on the Digby Area Recreation Commission as the town rep and he serves as a lay pastor in the Baptist Church.
He and his wife Ester live in Barton now on a small farm. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Phillips is native—his father, a Mohawk from Montreal, moved to Digby with the Navy.
He said is busy signing up people for the nomination meeting, knocking on doors, making phone calls and working Facebook.
He is running for office because Digby County is his home.
“It’s where I’m from,” he said. “I bring a level-headed, calm perception to things. I understand what it takes to develop business opportunities.”