Taking nothing for granted

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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."

 

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Armstrong's

Geographic location: TRURO, Northern Nova Scotia, Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Advocate Harbour Cumberland County

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  • Fuzzy Bear
    April 13, 2011 - 09:37

    The sad part is....one of these people is going to win!!! I watched that debate last night on TV and my only feeling was embarrassment. By that I mean It is embarrassing to be publicly admitting we elect this association of kindergarten classmates. To add insult to injury we call them parliamentarians and charge them with the responsibility of representing us as the leaders of our country. Folks, our parliamentary system from the Senate down is severely BROKEN and it cannot be fixed in its current format. The centuries old English style is no longer practical and effective in a modern world. Get rid of it entirely and streamline the whole operation to where the elected people can vote for their ridings and not the party. The sitting members every four years could select three or four top performing candidates from among their ranks and let us, the people, vote for our next PM as well.

  • Lordfackaduck
    April 12, 2011 - 19:08

    This guys is great. Here's some of the Bills Mr Armstrong voted against during those 500 days in Ottawa: C-501, pension protection C-449, Free Public Transit for Seniors Act C-343, family leave C-304, affordable housing C-290, tax credit for loss of retirement income C-471, Pay Equity Task Force Recommendations Act C-311, Climate Change Accountability Act C-232, understanding the official languages Things he voted for: C-42, Strengthening Aviation Security Act C-59, Abolition of Early Parole Act C-46, Canada-Panama Free Trade Act C-5, International Transfer of Offenders C-2, Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (Source is http://howdtheyvote.ca/member.php?id=624) *Sigh* Maybe Mr. Armstrong isn't hearing any constituency issues because he wasn't listening to constituents in either official language. A seawall wasn't his victory. It was a federal response to avert disaster unlike what has been done for more northern reservations. Maybe he's only listening to the benefactors of the Economic Action Plan (contractors and industry) and not us lowly constituents dealing with high fuel prices, inflated food costs, double and triple taxed commodities and low income brackets. Thanks Scott. Glad you've been all ears.