TRURO: Earlier this month, Liberal Candidate Craig Johnson welcomed Premier Stephen McNeil for a visit to Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River.

Johnson and Premier McNeil visited a number of local businesses including the Nook and Cranny Brewpub; My Home Apparel; Eascan Building Systems; and Jimolly’s Bakery Café.

“My focus was to shed light on our vibrant business community,” said Johnson. “We have a lot of fantastic entrepreneurial energy in our area, and I really wanted to draw attention to that.”

Eascan Building Systems in Salmon River is a business that Johnson refers to as one of the community’s best kept secrets. The company consists of 60 employees and has been providing pre-engineered steel buildings, conventional steel buildings and steel fabrication across Atlantic Canada for more than 35 years.

“My Home Apparel is a great example of what small business can do for a community,” said Johnson. “Miriah Kearney’s business model not only puts a focus on our home, and buying local, but also the importance of giving back. Five per cent of all HOME profits are donated back to initiatives to end homelessness in Canada.”

Visiting the My Home Apparel shop also provided the opportunity for Johnson to showcase other local hand-made products carried in-store, such as Foxhound Collection candles and Anther & Apiary honey.

The Premier and Johnson also met with a local mental health advocacy group, Lead with Your Heart.

“I am pleased the Premier and I were able to hear directly from those doing work on the ground for mental health,” said Johnson. “Shelley Austin, Valerie Kingsbury, Laurie White and Valerie Hollingsworth are working hard to create opportunities for meaningful dialogue on mental health in our community.”

Later in the day, McNeil and Johnson gathered for coffee with friends and Liberal supporters at the new Jimolly’s location on Inglis Street.

“It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with Premier McNeil,” said Johnson. “I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and was proud to showcase what this area has to offer.”