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Wants to be riding’s first Liberal MLA in two decades

AMHERST – Terry Farrell hopes to do something that hasn’t been done in 20 years.

AMHERST – Terry Farrell hopes to do something that hasn’t been done in 20 years.

He wants to become the Liberal MLA for Cumberland North.

The 52-year-old Amherst lawyer said it was an easy decision to enter into provincial politics since it’s an extension of the work he has done professionally and in the community for most of his life.

“As a lawyer I represent people and help them solve their problems. That’s exactly what I see the role of an MLA being. It takes that to another level,” Farrell said. “I have had a lot of satisfaction with my job and I know I will get a lot of satisfaction working as the MLA.”

While the riding has traditionally been a Conservative stronghold, Farrell doesn’t see it that way. He said people don’t vote for a party automatically anymore and he suggested that no one party owns the people of Cumberland North.

“No one owns their minds and opinions. I would challenge the statement that Cumberland North belongs to the Conservatives. Granted over the years people have seen the Conservatives as the best choice for them, but they’re fully able to look at the positions of the parties and make their own choices,” he said. “They are not Conservatives, they are people looking for the best deal for themselves and Cumberland North.”

Farrell said crippling cost of power is the biggest issue in the riding to him. He said it’s time to end Nova Scotia Power’s monopoly by introducing competition into the market.

He disagrees that the Maritime Link or freezing power rates are the best options.

Farrell said he’s also disappointed with the moving of the provincial jail to Pictou County and the loss of the maintenance enforcement jobs to New Waterford. He said both decisions are going to impair the administration of justice and make it harder for families.

He’s also concerned with the potential of fracking on the Northumberland Strait and even around the Amherst area, while he says government needs to stop talking about fixing the aboiteau outside town and fix it once and for all.

“It’s not just an issue for the marsh and the agricultural land around it, if we had a storm surge at an extremely high tide we could see a huge impact with the rail line, the highway and the town,” Farrell said. “We can’t predict when it’s going to happen, just that it’s going to happen. We need to act now.”

Farrell also supports the provincial party’s stand on reducing the number of health authorities, saying the money spent on administration would be used for more frontline care for patients. But, he added, he is concerned with losing the Cumberland Health Authority because he has seen some of its work in recruiting new doctors and specialists.

“With any redesign we have to make sure that work is continued and that the hospital has access to best doctors and specialists,” he said.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Conservatives, Nova Scotia Power, Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: Cumberland North, AMHERST, Pictou County New Waterford

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