SPRINGHILL – The new Cumberland South Progressive Conservative Riding Association is in motion.
The executive met this week to name its board of director, executive council and vice presidents at large during a “founders meeting” that implements the new boundaries, which now includes Fenwick, Nappan and Maccan. The change is a result of a provincial review which used population as a measure for any changes.
“Cumberland North was a bit above average, Cumberland South was a bit below average and they wanted to balance that out,” association president Doug Marshall said.
“That is the only time I will let anyone say Cumberland South was below average,” MLA and leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives Jamie Baillie later said.
With the new communities in its fold, the riding gained notable Tory figures, including Bill Casey and former premier Roger Bacon.
“It represents 2-3,000 extra voters and from what I can gather 85 per cent of them are Conservative-leaning,” Marshall said.
Marshall was declared president by acclamation, with Tom Black being named treasurer and George Laird as secretary. First, second and third vice presidents are Bill Baker, Allan Boss and Les Nash, respectively. Troy Henwood, Don Leblanc, Avard Bentley and Duncan Spicer were named vice presidents and 17 vice presidents at large were approved.
“Lower taxes on your family. Stop wasteful government spending and invest in our kids instead. Create more jobs. That’s the platform of the PC party in the next election.” - Cumberland South MLA Jamie Baillie
“I’m really pleased we’ve had everybody stay on board,” Marshall said. “I think that’s the secret to our success.”
In what could be an election year, having things are order so the association can hit the campaign trail if and when the writ is dropped and Baillie had no problems outlining the parties platform during Monday’s meeting.
“When the next election comes – whenever it is – when we put our platform out there, it’s not going to take reams of paper to explain it to people,” Baillie said. “Lower taxes on your family. Stop wasteful government spending and invest in our kids instead. Create more jobs. That’s the platform of the PC party in the next election.”