Armstrong considering taking run at federal politics

Jason Malloy
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TRURO A true blue Tory is considering taking a run at federal politics in the next election if the timing is right.

Its something I am going to consider, but no decisions are made at this time, Scott Armstrong said. I just started a new job and I have to take a lot of things into consideration.

Armstrong, who is the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia president, is the principal of Truro Elementary School, which opened earlier this month.

Veteran MP Bill Casey announced this week he would not re-offer whenever the next election is held. Part of the timing of the Independent MPs decision to go public was the possibility of a federal election this winter/spring if the budget is defeated.

Theres no guarantee of an election. Were talking about something that could happen in two years, the Truro resident said. Right now, Im really concentrated on my role as principal of Truro Elementary School.

The staunch Tory supporter said he is honoured by the encouragement he has received but said there are a number of qualified candidates and he suspects the nomination to be contested. Since 1988 the nomination has only be contested twice (1988 and 1997).

Armstrong, along with many longtime Tory backers, supported Casey in last years election.

I owe him a great deal, said Casey noting Armstrongs decision was a tremendously courageous step.

Armstrongs family has a long history of political involvement dating back to Canadas first prime minister. Armstrong is a distant relative of Sir John A. Macdonald.

Ive always been involved in politics. Ive worked hard behind the scenes and held several party positions, he said.



Organizations: Truro Elementary School, Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, Independent MPs

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