Armstrong looking to repeat by election win
Conservative candidate Scott Armstrong is looking to return to Ottawa as the MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. Jason Malloy - Transcontinental Media
TRURO - While some pundits are forecasting another Conservative victory in central and northern Nova Scotia, incumbent Scott Armstrong is taking nothing for granted.
"As a coach in basketball, I'd rather play with a lead, but the game is not over until the buzzer sounds, to (use) a sports analogy," the high school coach said.
Armstrong has been Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley member of Parliament for about 500 days since garnering 46 per cent of the vote in the November 2009 byelection.
Some pundits say it is Armstrong's election to lose this time around with at least one website forecasting he will receive upwards of 50 per cent of the vote. Armstrong admits to looking at polls but will continue working hard knowing he is campaigning against good opponents.
"I am not overconfident," he said. "We don't sit back on our laurels - we're going to campaign hard."
During his victory speech two years ago, Armstrong committed to working to get federal support for the civic centre in Truro and to rebuild the Advocate Harbour seawall.
He said the proposed Hilden interchange and energy projects in Cumberland County are on his to-do list, if re-elected.
For his part, Armstrong said he is not hearing it much as he campaigns this time around.
"In the byelection we did hear a lot of it. It was a communication challenge for me as a candidate," he said. "I think people have moved on...
"We are now progressing forward. We're focused on jobs and growth and things we can do in the future."