Olscamp hopes to vie for third term as MLA

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Mike Olscamp

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mike Olscamp is hoping to reoffer in this fall’s provincial election and so he will seek the nomination as the riding’s Progressive Conservative candidate during the party’s nomination meeting, expected to be held in late March or early April.

The incumbent MLA has represented the Tantramar riding for the past eight years and hopes to earn another four in the newly-formed Memramcook-Tantramar riding.

Olscamp said he made the decision just recently to reoffer, saying he would like the chance to “complete some of the projects we’ve started.”

“There’s still lots to be done,” he said. “So I’m going to be seeking the nomination for a third time and I’m looking forward to it.”

Olscamp, who has served as the local MLA since 2006, said ongoing road maintenance projects and securing a future for the Sackville hospital will continue to be his two main priorities if he is re-elected come September.

He said he’s had many successes over the past eight years when it comes to getting things done in Tantramar and hopes to continue along that path.

As MLA, Olscamp says he has not only helped attain funding for highway improvements in the Sackville, Dorchester, Port Elgin and Cape Tormentine areas, he is also in the midst of working with local health care advocates to come up with new ways to use the space within the hospital building to ensure its long-term viability and sustainability.

As well, over the past two terms, he has secured funding for a variety of non-profit organizations and municipal services – including Dorchester’s fire department and St. Edward’s Hall, Sackville’s water tower, the Sackville Seniors Club, the Tantramar Seniors College, the Tantramar Family Resource Centre, Live Bait Theatre, Struts Gallery, cancer research at Soricimed Biopharma, beds at the Drew Nursing Home, the Eddy Bridge, Baie Verte’s community park, the Port Elgin lift station, Cape Tormentine wharf repairs, and more. He also helped Baie Verte receive high-speed wireless Internet service and helped secure federal financial support for Cape Jourimain Nature Centre.

“We’ve been pretty fortunate here getting some of those grants,” he said.

Olscamp, who has battled prostate cancer over his term in office, said his condition is now “well under control” after having gone through radiation treatment and hormone therapy to slow the spread of the disease.

“I feel good,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t be putting his hat in the ring again if he felt his health would be a factor in his ability to serve in government.

“I know the amount of work involved . . .”

The bilingual MLA said he is also looking forward, if elected, to representing the new riding of Memramcook-Tantramar comprised of 40 per cent Francophone and 60 per cent Anglophone populations.

He said there will be a new dynamic to the riding and he is confident there are many opportunities waiting that will benefit both Memramcook and Tantramar if everyone works together in a collaborative way. He also remains confident that, through all the changes, Memramcook will still maintain its cultural identity – a concern that has been voiced by the Francophone community.

Olscamp said there will certainly be challenges in having a larger riding, and hopefully the provincial government will work out a way to adjust to a new budget for the riding that will ensure there’s ample funding for continued work in all communities throughout the newly-established district.

The 65-year-old MLA says the hope is, of course, that the PCs will once again form government but he said that decision will obviously be left up to the voters.

“We’ve made some tough decisions along the way . . . but I feel good about those decisions,” he said. “We’re moving ahead smartly.”

Olscamp also hopes to continue serving in his current role as Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries.

“There’s more to do and another four years would give me an opportunity to do more,” he said.





Organizations: Tantramar Seniors College, Sackville hospital, Sackville Seniors Club Tantramar Family Resource Centre Live Bait Theatre

Geographic location: Tantramar, Port Elgin, Cape Tormentine Baie Verte

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