AMHERST – Cumberland North Liberals have selected Amherst lawyer Terry Farrell to carry their party’s fortunes into the next provincial election widely expected later this year.
“I’m really honoured by this nomination. It’s something that a couple of years ago I never dreamed I would be doing,” the 52-year-old Farrell said. “The time is right.”
Farrell hopes to become the first Liberal to win Cumberland North since the late Ross Bragg was elected in 1993. Bragg retired from politics several years later for health reasons.
A family and real estate lawyer with Hicks LeMoine, Farrell is active in the community with numerous organizations. He has also been active in the theatre community and is the co-founder and organizer of last fall’s successful Rockabilly Shakedown Festival. He is also chairman of the Amherst planning advisory committee.
“What I do in my career is represent people and I think I know a lot about it. I know the people I represent aren’t always going to be happy or pleased with the way things go, but sometimes they will be and sometimes I will be able to get good results for them and make them satisfied,” said Farrell, who was nominated by retired teacher and Amherst businesswoman Joan Cameron and seconded by former candidate Russell Scott.
Farrell said he decided to run for the nomination because of his appreciation for the community. He said a lot of people often have to be reminded by others of how good a community this is.
“What I like about the Liberal Party is the message that has been consistent,” said Farrell. “The message is of fiscal responsibility and compassion for people. We have built the social safety net structure and we are responsible for that.”
Party leader Stephen McNeil said the voters of Cumberland North are like those in other ridings in Nova Scotia. In 2009, he said, Nova Scotians voted for change by electing an NDP government. However, he added, they are ready for another change and will support the Liberals in the next election.
He said he’s also heard talk about Cumberland North being a strong Conservative riding. He said voters elected an NDP MLA four years ago, and there’s no reason why they won’t elect a Liberal.
“This is an exciting time for us as a party. Cumberland North is like a lot of ridings across this province. In June 2009 they voted for change and were hungry for change,” McNeil said. “They were looking for a government to come in and make things better and for the first time ever many Nova Scotians voted for a New Democrat. As I travel this province that’s not an experience most are going to repeat because, like you, their communities have suffered.”