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NDP candidate officially opens HQ

AMHERST – There was a time when being a New Democrat in Cumberland North was a lonely experience.

Cumberland North NDP candidate Brian Skabar addresses supporters during the official opening of his campaign office on Saturday.

AMHERST – There was a time when being a New Democrat in Cumberland North was a lonely experience.

As he officially opened his campaign headquarters on Saturday, NDP candidate Brian Skabar said the party is gaining a foothold in the riding thanks to the work of Premier Darrell Dexter.

“I liked him in 2009 when I first ran and regardless of some of the criticism he’s faced I have more respect for him now as the leader of our party and the premier of Nova Scotia,” Skabar told cheering supporters.

Skabar claimed more than 40 per cent of the popular vote four years ago to become the riding’s first ever NDP MLA, and although he benefitted from a split Conservative vote he believes the party’s chances this time around are just as strong.

“The riding doesn’t belong to the Conservatives or any other party for that matter, it belongs to the voters of Cumberland North. The people will decide who is going to be there,” Skabar said.

Skabar said the race in Cumberland North will be a tight one because there are two other credible candidates – although he said their parties’ platforms aren’t as credible.

“When you look at the issues and what the other parties are proposing it’s not hard to come to the conclusion that Darrell Dexter is the person we want and needa s premier,” Skabar said.

The incumbent said he’s looking forward to discussing the issues with the other candidates in a pair of upcoming forums in Amherst and Pugwash in late September and early October.

Skabar said he remains committed to being accessible to the voters and if re-elected he said he will continue to open.

“In 2009 I made a promise to be accessible to the constituents and thanks to my constituency assistant I have done that. We were able to return every call, email and message we received,” Skabar said. “I intend to continue that moving forward.”

Skabar urged his supporters to continue working with him on the campaign trail and asked voters to exercise their right to vote. He is especially urging younger voters to cast ballots, saying they are the future of the party and the province.

While in Amherst on Friday, the premier applauded Skabar for his work for Cumberland North, saying he lobbied hard for government investments in several major employers in the region.

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Geographic location: Cumberland North, AMHERST, Nova Scotia Pugwash

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  • lol
    September 22, 2013 - 15:17

    what a joke, to even think he has a chance. I lost my good paying job in Amherst and now I have to move away to work. this is a retirement town or moving towards that. more jobs have gone from here and people looking and moving out west. wtg ndp

  • Jack22
    September 19, 2013 - 15:39

    Ted - I'm interested to hear why you think "this election is shifting in favour of the NDP" and in particular if you think that is the case in Cumberland North. I don't know who Gerry is but it seems to me he is simply pointing out the numerous failures of the NDP and Brian Skabar as an MLA in the last 4 years in response to the postings of "tax payer." I seem to recall prior to the last election listening to the NDP promise that taxes would not be increased yet as soon as they got power the HST went up 2%. I also recall specifically Brian Skabar campaigning in the last election indicating he would ensure something was done to alleviate the price difference on gas between Cumberland County and New Brunswick in order to help prevent a lot of business from going across the provincial border. I saw his presentation to the URB after he was first elected. A five minute presentation to the URB which paled in comparison to the presentation put forward by Mayor Small of Amherst. Just because some of us critically analyze the job that Brian has done as an MLA does not mean the PC's and Libs think anything is a "cake walk".

  • Gerry
    September 19, 2013 - 13:56

    Well Ted and reality it really doesn't matter who gets elected this time as the same thing will go on that has for the last 50 years in this forgotten area of the province. Try and remember the last time any good paying government jobs came to our area. Interprovincial School for the Deaf... 200 good paying goverment jobs..gone. Assessment Office more good paying government jobs..gone...Cumberland County Jail which by the way has been here for over 100 years and it's good paying jobs ..gone..Maintenance Enforcement and it's good paying Jobs..gone and so on. Go ahead and vote for the NDP, Tories or the Liberals it really won't make any difference anyway. Last time I remember any good paying government jobs coming to this area was the Federal Prison in the late 60's and Indian Affairs in the 70's that's it and that was the federal government not a provincial one.

  • Robert
    September 19, 2013 - 12:03

    People need to remember that the NDP took our GST break, raised the HST, increased our debt by over a BILLION dollars and removed good, high paying jobs from the area by closing government centers. They gave subsidy after subsidy to coperate entities who certainly could afford to go without. They did little for the small guy and made it more difficult for families to afford living in NS. Our children will continue to move away from here as they will have no interest in paying off the NDP's record debt. The NDP has been a failed experiment in Cumberland County... one that's doubtful to be repeated.

  • Ted
    September 19, 2013 - 08:40

    Wow! If the amount of resentment on here is any indication, Brian is doing quite well indeed. Did the PCs and Libs would be a cake walk? That he'd just rollover?! Over 40% of the people voted for him last time and the NDP has *never* received less than 15% of the vote in this riding (unlike the Libs, who received under 14% in 2009). This election is shifting in favour of the NDP, and undecided people in Cumberland North need to keep that in mind.

    • not well said ted
      September 19, 2013 - 11:39

      Umm...not sure what you are reading for support...but here alone there are like 2 that have shown any kind of support...the rest have questioned completely the NDP, and Skabars legacy....but keep living in your prettly little land of delusion

  • Gerry
    September 18, 2013 - 07:44

    Not that short ....excellent and very true comments and I am sure you speak for the majority in the Amherst area. It is ovious that tax payer is both an NPD supporter and an idiot. We had the ruling NDP parties member here for 4 years and he did like his buddy Dexter did and gave some money to millionaires and then let the rest of both Amherst and Cumberland County fail without as much as a wimper from Skabar. Look at what has closed here over the last 4 years...stores, buisness,restaurants, government offices and on and on. Ask Skabar how much it is costing the tax payers of this area to keep several floors of empty government offices empty in the Justice Building for the next 5 years as their leases do not run out for 5 more years but they moved the offices out anyway. Everyopne else in the province got government jobs for the election but poor old Skabar had to give up both the jail and the Maintenance Enforcement jobs for the good of the party and the NDP memebers that have to get re-elected. Guess you are hung out to dry Brian by your own party.

  • Realistic
    September 18, 2013 - 06:37

    'not that short' is bang on the money, at least on the hospital situation. Anybody who doesn't think so should just say a prayer of thanks for not having to be in the situation of being behind those doors in the ER hallways with an overwhelmed med staff trying to work under impossible conditions - or for not being a patient stuck in a hallway there for days on end.

  • tax payer
    September 17, 2013 - 13:25

    How short people's memories are with the Liberals and the Conservatives, they're both one in the same. They'll tell you what you want to hear until the election, then it's back to reality. At least the NDP are going in a direction that is achievable. It's a slow process trying to turn around the mess that the PC's and the Lib's have left this province over the last decades, yes they're both to blame, as soon as governments changed, they started blaming the other party and what they left for not being able to keep their commitments. Let's stick with something that will work eventually.

    • not that short
      September 17, 2013 - 17:38

      Our memories are not too short to forget the last 4 years, school promises that never materialize, jobs lost in Cumberland County, Yarmouth county and all over the province. Jobs taken from "urban" areas like Cumberland County, and taken to "rural" areas like Sydney. A tax break provided by the federal government in our HST, stolen by the province (and given back a bit slightly before election time) Our memories are not too short to forget the jail that is being taken from Cumberland County and shipped 2 hours away. Our memories are not too short...they are just right. Our memories are good enough to remember that shortly after the election, all bets will be off, and promises will be out the door. My memory is good enough to remember the fact that my child, going to school in Amherst, must eat his lunch in his classroom, because his school is overcrowded, and there is absolutely no plan to correct this. My memory is good enough to remember people, friends, who have had to spend 6 days sleeping in a well lit, busy emergency room hallway because there are not enough beds in that hospital. My memory is also good enough to remember the fact that the NDP has not released enough nursing home beds to look after our aging population. My memory is good enough to remember that wait times have not gotten better, only worsened at our hospital (only the numbers are now fudged due to the new triage system at the ER where your wait time does not begin until hours after you arrive and you are triaged.) No tax payer, don't feed me this garbage about what happened in the past, because what is currently happening is appalling enough.

    • noodle
      September 18, 2013 - 12:13

      $3 BILLION further in debt since the NDP have been in. That almost 50% of the total debt incurred under the previous governments in the last 25 years. This isn't a long game plan - it's called spending like a drunken sailor. We were warned, perhaps now the voters will listen.

  • tax payer
    September 17, 2013 - 13:24

    How short people's memories are with the Liberals and the Conservatives, they're both one in the same. They'll tell you what you want to hear until the election, then it's back to reality. At least the NDP are going in a direction that is achievable. It's a slow process trying to turn around the mess that the PC's and the Lib's have left this province over the last decades, yes they're both to blame, as soon as governments changed, they started blaming the other party and what they left for not being able to keep their commitments. Let's stick with something that will work eventually.

  • Amherst family
    September 16, 2013 - 16:21

    He stands as much chance as a snow ball in he--!

  • CDB
    September 16, 2013 - 14:15

    He says he returned every call and email received from constituents....... I had sent both Skabar's office and Department of Education concerns......I didn't hear back from either.

  • tax payer
    September 16, 2013 - 11:24

    How short people's memories are with the Liberals and the Conservatives, they're both one in the same. They'll tell you what you want to hear until the election, then it's back to reality. At least the NDP are going in a direction that is achievable. It's a slow process trying to turn around the mess that the PC's and the Lib's have left this province over the last decades, yes they're both to blame, as soon as governments changed, they started blaming the other party and what they left for not being able to keep their commitments. Let's stick with something that will work eventually.

  • tax payer
    September 16, 2013 - 09:11

    How short people's memories are with the Liberals and the Conservatives, they're both one in the same. They'll tell you what you want to hear until the election, then it's back to reality. At least the NDP are going in a direction that is achievable. It's a slow process trying to turn around the mess that the PC's and the Lib's have left this province over the last decades, yes they're both to blame, as soon as governments changed, they started blaming the other party and what they left for not being able to keep their commitments. Let's stick with something that will work eventually.

    • Len
      September 30, 2013 - 10:07

      To taxpayer. You left 4 comments, all the same. You don't have anything else to say? Mr Skarbar's chances are slim, he never really cared about the people of Cumberland North. If he did he would have grown a set and stood up to Mr Dexter. We have lost more jobs in this area in the last 4 years. How many empty stores, close factories. I am one of the people that had lost their job to the poor record of this government. As for the enforcement jobs that went to New Waterford. Everyone should know that when the office opened there Mr Scarbar was there eating cake and supporting the jobs losses to Amherst. So if you think the NDP are going to do good for Cumberland Co, thing you must be have blinders on and only see the BS given to you.

  • A. Wallis
    September 16, 2013 - 07:05

    glad to hear he was accessible, too bad that will be his legacy... "I lost x amount of jobs and we lost x industries and gov't buildings the last 4 years not to mention the border shopping problems, but I was accessible!" the orange ship is sinking and we're not even getting any of the election spending that Dexter the bumbling fool is spending

  • cute
    September 15, 2013 - 19:51

    ahhhh...isn't that cute...he thinks he has chances

    • reality
      September 16, 2013 - 07:03

      actually, from the people I'm talking to, he has more than a chance and come the morning of october 9th there's going to be more than a few surprised people. wouldn't that be "cute"?