Truro native Baillie considering run for Tory leadership post

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TRURO - A Truro native being courted to run for the Tory leadership in Nova Scotia is coming to town next week.
Jamie Baillie will be the guest speaker at the Progressive Conservative Association of Truro-Bible Hill annual meeting Friday, Jan. 29. He plans to share some stories while giving people a sense of his ideas for the future.
"I do have some pretty strong views on where our party and our province need to go to be successful in the next few years," he told the Truro Daily News on Tuesday.
Baillie has not made a decision if he will offer for the post, but sees next week's meeting as being a valuable opportunity to hear from people in his hometown.
"I am very interested to hear what party members have to say about the leadership and about the future of our party. I am in heavy listening mode," he said. "I am very gratified by the support I am already hearing from Truro. That means a lot to me."
Baillie was premier John Hamm's chief of staff for three years before leaving in 2005 to become president and chief executive officer with Credit Union Atlantic.
The 43-year-old Halifax resident said his young family and a job he loves will be factors in his decision on entering the leadership.
The Progressive Conservatives fell to third place in the legislature during last year's election. The party had governed the province for a decade under Hamm and Rodney MacDonald.
The party has set Oct. 29 and 30 for a leadership convention while candidates have until Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. to file their nomination papers.
Baillie said it will be a challenging job for whoever wins the leadership convention and will take a few years to rebuild the party and place it in a position to govern.
"Progressive Conservatives, having been up and down before, know that there is no quick path back. The road ahead is built one step at a time," he said.
Baillie also noted the province has never had a one-term government.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.

Organizations: Tory, Progressive Conservative Association of Truro-Bible Hill, Truro Daily News Credit Union Atlantic Progressive Conservatives Holiday Inn

Geographic location: Truro, Nova Scotia

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  • Gearjammer
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Go Jamie go. How do you feel about essential service legislation?

  • Joe
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I think the best message ever sent to the people/Pres who run the PC party here in Truro was last summers win by the NDP. To think that all you had to do was run anyone that was PC insider and they were going to win was proved very wrong. If Jamie wants to rebuild the party , he better start here in Truro, by clearing out thoses who think they are intitled because they are PC member of the old school. Last minute pleas in June by one of your entitled to the public fell on deaf ears, as the ears are tired of the same old group telling them what they should be doing. You want to win here in Truro/ Bible Hill Jamie, then clean house first .