Canadian pride, job creation keys to Tory message

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Moore speaks at Conservative AGM in Amherst

AMHERST – Canadian pride and job creation were a couple topics New Brunswick Fundy Royal MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism Rob Moore spoke of at the annual general meeting for Cumberland-Colchester-Muquodoboit Valley Conservative Association here Saturday.

Referring to one of his roles as minister of small business and tourism, Moore spoke of the time he attended the opening of the Olympic Games in Vancouver telling those in attendance the sense of pride he felt of the Canadian Olympic athletes.

“Canada earned 14 gold medals, not only is that more than Canada has ever earned, but that it was more than any other country has ever won at the Olympics,” Moore said. “When Crosby scored that Olympic gold medal goal that is how I felt when Scott Armstrong won the by election for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodobooit Valley. Hockey is a team sport much like politics is a team sport.”

Moore spoke of the jobs created in Canada in April saying that 108,700 jobs were created bringing the unemployment rate to 8.1 per cent and the fact that the Conservative government had lowered the nation's GST from seven per cent to five per cent.

Armstrong addressed the Conservative association members about issues the party faces, saying that his riding has faced tough times since the controversy over the changes to the Atlantic Accord that forced his predecessor out of the caucus.

“The reason we are able to move forward is we stand together,” Armstrong said, pointing out accomplishments in his riding such as a new civic centre in Truro, skateboard park and YMCA funding in Amherst, funding in the Parrsboro area for the tidal power interpretive centre and the fundy Geological Museum’s renovations are a few deals moved forward from the Conservative government.

Following remarks from Armstrong and Moore, the board of directors elected new executive for the riding association with the following as the new executive: president – Scott Lockhart, vice-president – Andrew Smith, secretary Tillie Armstrong and treasurer Frank Elliot.

Organizations: Conservative AGM, New Brunswick Fundy Royal MP, Cumberland-Colchester-Muquodoboit Valley Conservative Association Olympic Games YMCA Geological Museum

Geographic location: Amherst, Canada, Vancouver Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodobooit Valley Truro Parrsboro

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