Baillie can’t attend Parrsboro school forum

Darrell Cole
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Jamie Baillie will not be attending a student political forum at Parrsboro Regional High School on Wednesday.

Jamie Baillie, shown during a recent campaign stop in Oxford, is unable to participate in a student forum on Wednesday at Parrsboro Regional High School.

HALIFAX – Jamie Baillie will not be attending a student political forum at Parrsboro Regional High School on Wednesday.

But the PC Party leader and Cumberland South candidate said it’s for a much different reason that what he chastised a Halifax area Liberal candidate for doing earlier this week when he called a similar event at Sir John A. Macdonald High School a waste of time.

“I’d love to be there, but I have conflicting appointments. I have been in every school in Cumberland South all the time and attended all kinds of graduations with the same message – it’s important for young people to take an interest in their community and get involved in politics,” Baillie said Tuesday. “To me, it’s the exact opposite of the Liberal candidate who said it was a waste of time.”

Earlier Tuesday, the Tory leader called on Chester-St. Margaret’s Liberal candidate Tim Harris to apologize to high school students he dismissed as being a waste of his time following a forum at the Upper Tantallon school.

Baillie said Harris’ remarks are troubling and represent the exact opposite of the type of message that should be said to any Nova Scotian, let alone youth who are interested in the political process.

“How can we encourage young people to take more of an interest in something important like politics if those who want to be their MLA think listening to their concerns is a waste of time?” asked Baillie.

The Conservative candidate said he has been asked to provide a video message and he will be doing that.

Baillie added he has lobbied the government on behalf of students in Cumberland South, including the stalled River Hebert school project, to get the Springhill gym expansion completed and to keep Wentworth’s elementary school open.

Baillie was invited to participate in a forum at the Parrsboro high school, but he is scheduled to be at a series of events in Halifax, Bridgetown and Digby.

He was also invited to attend another forum at Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro on Wednesday night, but will not be able to attend since his last appointment is at 3:45 p.m. in Digby.

Baillie said the original date given for the candidates' forum was Oct. 1, the same night as the televised leaders' debate on CTV. By the time Wednesday was proposed his schedule was already completed.

"I am not afraid of a debate, in fact I have participated in four of them against Mr. McNeil and Mr. Dexter and representing the people of Cumberland South in every one of them," Baillie said.

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Organizations: Parrsboro school, Parrsboro Regional High School, PC Party Tory Upper Tantallon school River Hebert school Company Theatre in Parrsboro

Geographic location: Cumberland South, HALIFAX, Chester Digby Parrsboro Bridgetown

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Recent comments

  • Jorge Lukas
    October 04, 2013 - 18:46

    Clone Baillie is just a droid of Clone Armstrong and Darth Harper. Electing him will be more of the same, allowing Darth's peasant beating policies in Atlantic Canada to happen we peasants really need any more of that? The PC's best MLA and former leader works for the liberals now, that should say it all about the integity and character of Clone Baillie and his PC droid dark side party......the only safe bet to save the south, and the province from the evil conservative empire is Jedi Jackson and Yoda MacNeil ....our only hope....Kenny, use the force ....use the force!

  • Raymond
    October 04, 2013 - 17:37

    To noodle: Have you been asleep or have you been away on vacation for the past three years?????????

    • noodle
      October 06, 2013 - 19:37

      Neither, I've been listening to friends and relatives in River Hebert and Joggins ask repeatedly where their so-called representative is. Most of them hadn't seen hide nor hair of him until the election was called. If you want to get snotty and indignant with someone, try it with the residents of River Hebert and Joggins and see how far you get. If their pesky questions are a thorn in Baillie's side then it's nothing that isn't deserved. Maybe he'll think twice before he discounts the small rural communities.

  • noodle
    October 03, 2013 - 12:11

    Ha! Baillie should've never ignored the River and Joggins! It might be a small area but those folks are as sharp as nails and ten times as tough! They've banded together against him and I'd say they're going to be the nails in his political coffin!

    • Chick
      October 04, 2013 - 12:47

      Ummmm. When did he ignore The River and Joggins? Matter of fact, when did he ignore anywhere?

    • Local Student
      October 04, 2013 - 15:43

      I take it some of you or most of you never watch the televised Nova Scotia Legislature when in session. If you had of, you would of seen Mr. Baillie stand and look for answers on the lagging issues around the River Hebert school and many other issues around Cumberland South. Also presenting letters on the issue/s to various ministers and Mr. Dexter. He was in opposition, there is only so much that he or the other opposition could have done.

  • Bobby Mills
    October 02, 2013 - 22:16

    Have you ever wondered why Mr Baillie is still up here and not back in the Halifax area,where is wife and kids are??? No it is not because there was no openings,in fact there were two, one in Truro and one in the Halifax area.he here because he thinks it is a safe riding.

  • PC
    October 02, 2013 - 17:23

    Is Moncton considered shopping and filling up supporting local?

  • Macpass
    October 02, 2013 - 16:13

    How dumb can Baillie get. He is ignoring the same people that may elect him for another term but instead of humouring and BS'ing them he is concentrating his time on helping out other PC candidates in other areas of the province to help them get elected. Does he think the party will keep him on as leader when the PC party is destroyed in this election. Same goes for old Dexter.. both will get the old political boot shortly from their own parties. Cumberland South will do what they always do anyway and vote conservative no matter who runs and Amherst will do the same with Giroux. Go ahead people of Cumberland North and Cumberland South and vote conservative in Cumberland South and NPD or conservative in Cumberland North and the rest of the province will go Liberal and again we will be left out in the cold again just like the NDP have done in Amherst for the last 4 years.

  • Grant
    October 02, 2013 - 09:20

    People of Cumberland South,this should be a wake up call for you,vote for a local man,Mr Baillie needs to be remembered who voted him in the first place,not Halifax or Digby.

  • joe Brown
    October 02, 2013 - 08:16

    LOL , another great job reporting by Cumberland County's Weekly Conservative Cheerleader. Yes you are afraid Jamie Fallie MIA of Cumberland South. At this debate you would be directly held accountable for your weak attendance record on EVERY Cumberland South Issue , If you don't think so... Ask the MIA of Cumberland South how many, meetings, letters, and anything else he did for RH's School before the Election were Called. LOL not afraid......for a guy who likes to remind everyone in the room that He is Jamie Ballie, a chartered accountant...the smartest person in the room. sure seems to have trouble understanding the poll numbers.....83% of NS'ers polled think Jamie Fallie is full of video messages !

  • David
    October 02, 2013 - 05:59

    I see Baillie has not figured out that if he does not win Cumberland South he will not be the new premier . Ignoring the people of Cumberland South will not do it for him. I know the a lot people in River Hebert feel that way. It would be nice to have the premier from our riding however if he ignores us we might as well nave no one!!!!

  • gary brown
    October 01, 2013 - 22:52

    I believe it is time we have member who resides here ,pays taxes , shops here not just take us for granted !

  • Arnold D
    October 01, 2013 - 22:32

    Mr Baillie remember who voted you in,it was not the people from Halifax,Bridgetown or Digby.

  • Harold
    October 01, 2013 - 22:19

    Thanks Mr Baillie for nothing,here is your coat ,what's the hurry.When Oct8 comes around you will wish you had taken the time for the people in your own riding.

  • Resident
    October 01, 2013 - 22:11

    I gess he thinks the lower part of the province is more importation than up here.This has always been his problem and ours.Im feedup with the way we have been treated,Mr Baillie should remember that we hold the key to his political future.