Troops rallied at campaign office opening

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AMHERST – The Progressive Conservative rally cry echoed through the hot, humid night of Amherst on Thursday.

AMHERST – The Progressive Conservative rally cry echoed through the hot, humid night of Amherst on Thursday during the opening of Judi Giroux’s campaign office on Eddy Street.

First to speak to the full house was Giroux.

She said politics is about people and about hard work.

She related a story about campaigning and knocking on the door of a person known as a staunch Liberal.

Giroux is proud of her father’s steel worker roots and when the man questioned her commitment to hard work she mentioned that her father worked in a steel mill. The man happened to work with Giroux’s father, said he respected him, and said she has his vote.

Jamie Baillie said the story reflects Giroux’s character.

“Judi will be a great MLA because she’s already proven over the years that she is a hard working, community-minded person,” said Baillie. “She didn’t just start showing up at events at election time. That means she will be a sincere, dedicated MLA and I really respect that.

“I know, for her, the needs of Cumberland North will always come first, as they should.”

Baillie told the crowd that the choice in this election is between ‘more of the same, or real change.’

“Once in a while somebody has to stand up and say, ‘you know what politics can be about at it’s best? Setting goals,’” said Baillie. “We can set goals for our great province that we can all get behind.

“For me that is stopping the decline of people as they move away and our small towns and villages empty out,” he added. “We need real change that works for people here in Cumberland County.”

Baillie said the main focus of his party would be turning the economy around.

“We have a platform that stops the corporate bailouts and lowers the small business tax to zero, which will create 20,000 jobs in a way that is fair to everybody,” said Baillie.

The last speaker to rally the troops was Scott Armstrong, MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.

“What a huge, huge benefit it will be to this particular community when Jamie Baillie becomes premier of Nova Scotia and Judi Giroux is right by his side,” said Armstrong.

He talked about Baillie’s plan to lower the HST.

“Jamie is the only leader who says he is going to balance the budget immediately and lower the HST by two percentage points, giving a level playing field with New Brunswick,” said Armstrong. “There is no community that will benefit more than Cumberland North. That is one reason people should vote for Judi Giroux.”

Armstrong said he can’t wait to have Giroux and Baillie representing Cumberland County in the legislature in Halifax so his government, "can continue the good work we’re doing inter-provincially with other provinces represented with Conservative governments."

“Jamie and I have a great relationship in Cumberland South already. I need Judi up here so we can continue that relationship,” he said.

After the speeches the cake was cut and Baillie said a few words on the provincial governments decision to take over management of the River Hebert school construction project from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

Baillie said there was too much finger pointing between the CCRSB and the government.

“I’m pleased the NDP government has taken over managing the school project but I am warning them to get this done ASAP for the children,” said Baillie. “The community of River Hebert has been through a lot and they deserve to see a completed project.

He hopes the government moves quickly to finish the project.

“If they don’t get it done I absolutely will as a top priority as premier,” said Baillie. “A completion of a River Hebert project has been my top priority as Cumberland South MLA for over a year, and I intend to see it through to completion.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: River Hebert school, Central Regional School Board, ASAP

Geographic location: Cumberland North, Eddy Street, Cumberland County Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Nova Scotia River Hebert New Brunswick Halifax Cumberland South Chignecto

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