Farrell wants to maintain momentum

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Liberal candidate officially opens campaign office

AMHERST – While Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell believes his campaign has momentum early on, he’s not taking anything for granted.

Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell flips hamburgers at his campaign headquarters opening while young supporters (from left) Anna Wood, Rebecca LeFurgey and Marissa LeFurgey look on.

AMHERST – While Cumberland North Liberal candidate Terry Farrell believes his campaign has momentum early on, he’s not taking anything for granted.

“We’ve got a really strong organization that’s already on the ground and working hard. We’re getting the signs out and we’re organizing the campaign on the ground with all the door knocking,” Farrell said after officially opening his campaign headquarters on Saturday. “The appeal I’m making is for everyone who wants to see change in Cumberland North and in Nova Scotia to come on board. This is a strong team and we’re on a big race to the finish.”

Farrell said he’s thrilled with the level of support he’s receiving compared to what the party received locally in 2009. He said there are a number of factors at play, including the NDP’s record and that the Conservatives have become a third-place party.

“There’s also an enthusiasm among people in Cumberland North that there can be change,” Farrell said.

The Liberal candidate is also benefitting from the support of a number of campaign workers who formerly worked on several Conservative campaigns.

“I’m not going to take credit for that, but I’m happy to have them because they’ve run a number of campaigns and they know how to win,” he said. “That’s what they’re here for.”

Farrell said the response he is receiving at the door is tremendous and he’s very happy with the party’s platform, calling it a logical platform that the people of Nova Scotia can understand.

“It’s not full of promises that we know that no one can keep. It’s not the promises of a party that’s going to finish in third place and is not going to have to worry about fulfilling what they’re saying to the electorate,” Farrell said. “We have a reasonable plan for Nova Scotia. It’s stuff that’s not going to happen overnight, but it’s stuff that we can reasonably do.”

Farrell said key to the campaign is to place a priority on frontline and essential services. He said that can be accomplished in part by a small cut in departmental budgets – with the exception of health care and education.

“It’s a very realistic thing. If every manager in every department looks at his department and says ‘I can save one per cent,’ across the board that’s going to save a substantial amount of money,” the Liberal candidate said. “That’s money that’s going to pay for some of the good things we need. We’re not going to say we’re going to eliminate a tax or spend $70 million on a bunch of individual projects targeted at individual ridings to try and buy people’s votes with their own money.

He said the party is in favour of sound fiscal management.

A week into the campaign, Farrell said he is continuing to hear from voters about power rates and how high they gone.

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Organizations: NDP, Conservatives

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Cumberland North

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  • North Member
    September 25, 2013 - 16:22

    There are Tories all over this province working on Liberal campaigns. Until Scott and Jeff are gone from the party, the same people who brought you Rodney, Baillie, Giroux, Harrison, John K, and chased Karen Casey away, our best pc mla, the tories may never win a seat again in CCMV. A vote for the PC's is a vote for Stephen Harper policies in Atlantic Canada......

  • Rob
    September 16, 2013 - 07:17

    This is such an odd story, and I've been trying to make sense of it. Why , when he is so clearly in favor of the PCs and Giroux, would Darrell Cole publish a story like this? Then it occurred to me....it's clear to anyone who's paying attention that Brian's campaign and chances are stronger than anyone had been anticipating. Incumbency is a big advantage, and by strategically 'leaking' that Liberals are "benefitting from the support of a number of campaign workers who formerly worked on several Conservative campaigns," Darrell is doing his part to keep the 'vote-split' myth alive. When Brian wins again the local PCs can once again blame in-fighting and cry foul. Poor Terry is being used as a foil here.