Baillie, PCs to lead official opposition

Christopher Gooding
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Tory leader shares lessons learned on campaign trail

SPRINGHILL – It was the kind of win Jamie Baillie was looking for.

Not only did the incumbent retain his seat in Cumberland South, he held on to his role as leader of the Progressive Conservatives and the satisfaction of watching his party become the official opposition to the new Liberal government lead by Stephen McNeil.

“There are a few things I learned in this campaign. The first one is that the polls are wrong,” Baillie told the crowd of supporters that gathered at the Springhill Legion.

Leading into the election pollsters placed the PCs third under Darrell Dexter’s NDP. But as the poll results started rolling in, it was the NDP who fell to third-choice, with Dexter and a slew of cabinet ministers losing their seats as the Liberals swept into a majority government.

“The second lesson is that when you believe strongly in your ideals it is never difficult to say what you will do because it comes naturally when you really believe in yourself, in your own plan in the future of Nova Scotia,” Baillie said. “That is why we are standing here tonight as a strong and united Royal Opposition.”

Baillie and PCs stuck to a simple campaign message during the election: lower taxes, freeze power rates and create jobs. Albeit, the Tories re-acted to NDP and Liberal promises during the election, their position fell in line with the campaign stance.

There are a few things I learned in this campaign. The first one is that the polls are wrong.” Jamie Baillie, Cumberland South MLA and leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives

“The third thing I’ve learned – it this is the important one – no matter what we do, no matter how hard we fight, no matter how the campaign goes family comes first.”

Crisscrossing the province as the PC leader while campaigning to retain Cumberland South, Baillie said he could not have done it without the support of his wife Sandra and daughters Alex and Hannah.

“For all those Nova Scotians who struggled to pay their bills at the end of month, for those who visit with their grandchildren or their children on Skype as they work or are raised in another province, for all those Nova Scotians who wonder if there is a future for them here at home: tonight is not the end of the campaign,” Baillie said “This is just the beginning.”



Twitter: ADNchris

Organizations: NDP, Progressive Conservatives, Royal Opposition

Geographic location: Cumberland South, Nova Scotians, Nova Scotia

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  • Resident
    October 10, 2013 - 22:12

    It don't take much to get elected in Cumberland South,just ask Mr Baillie,he is no fool,just put a blue PC sign on your back and your set for life.Good move Jamie,use them as long as you can.

    October 10, 2013 - 20:16

    Just read the votes that the children of Cumberland south gave it seems these children should have been able to vote they were smart to vote for Kenny.Some people should give their heads a shake for what they have done ,another 4 years of nothing .

  • Macpass
    October 09, 2013 - 12:13

    The man picked up 4 seats for god sake and has no power to bring anything or any promises to no one. Guess there will still be no new Schools, Jobs, Hospital or anything else brought to Springhill for the next 4 years same as the last 10 years under the conservatives. Dumb people you bet!

    • Local Student
      October 09, 2013 - 15:36

      You should look at the Cumberland South Boundary Lines. There is a lot more to this district than Springhill. There was a difference of 1236 votes between Baillie and Jackson. That is a fairly big difference. Out of the last 10 years the NDP were in power not the Conservatives. Lastly, because your vote did not win, really does not call for name calling. This is a democracy.

  • Elden
    October 09, 2013 - 08:14

    Sad day for Cumberland South.another four years with a member from the other side of government.They didn't learn a thing from the last four.

    • david
      October 09, 2013 - 17:14

      Wait until the federal election when the liberals win, We should get even less ,if that is possible. Great move Voters of Cumberland South.