Goals and Issues
Bob calls himself a "citizen-politician" and his work a "community service." If re-elected, he wants to conclude the HRM by Design project, "bringing stability and predictability to development in the downtown." He wants a "fair and equitable" resolution to the Tax Structure Review. He wants to continue street renewals and upgrades in Sackville. The Sackville Sports Stadium needs to keep moving along with its financial turnaround. It also needs to keep curling alive. Public transit, expansion of Metrolink, hiking trails and bike lanes need attention. Check out his newsletter for more details about what Harvey has done over the Summer.
He belongs to or supports the Fultz House Museum; Sackville Rivers Association; Second Lake Regional Park Association; Friends of First Lake; Sackville Drive Business Association; Patriot Days Commission and the Sackville Business Park Committee. He is the Past President of the Charitable Irish Society of Halifax and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. He did not state a political affiliation.
The 2008 Coast Council Report Card
Bob Harvey is, no doubt, the best next-door neighbour in the world. He's thoughtful and considerate, and he carries a surprising (because it's so rare) old-school charm. At council meetings he serves as a sort of elder statesman. Even the most annoying councillors defer to his quiet wisdom and more than a few times he has brought order to chaotic proceedings.
Harvey literally wrote the book on Sackville--- Historic Sackville, an annotated pictorial history. Clearly, he knows his town and he's been active in the right sort of community events, such as the monumental effort to clean up the Sackville River.
As for amalgamation, Harvey's a big fan: "It's the best thing that ever happened to Sackville," he tells me. "We benefit from the commercial property taxes of Burnside." Which is exactly right---and displays an understanding of the fundamentals of how this place works.
While Harvey could be more of a policy driver---he lets other councillors and staff set the agenda---and he supports the troublesome Burnside-Sackville highway project, his presence is a welcome relief from the pervasive pettiness that can dominate council.
Grade: B+ Bob's Cell: 488-4820
Click Here to read Bob Harvey's responses to our questionnaire.
WHAT WE SAID IN 2007 (Grade: B+)
"Constituents tend to give positive feedback about Harvey, a long-time municipal politician (18 years, to be exact). A very articulate member of council, Harvey seems to maintain a healthy interest in the environment. In his own riding, hes done work to preserve the Sackville River. And of the Harbour Solutions project, he says, I look forward to the commissioning of the plants next year and the dramatic results they will bring. Upgrades and separation of storm water and waste water will come in time and when appropriate opportunities present.
"Did we mention, articulate?"
"Remarks: Harvey represents his district with a quiet passion, all the time looking like the friendliest grandfather ever."