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MP gets second promotion in 13 months

AMHERST – Scott Armstrong has received another promotion.

Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley Conservative MP Scott Armstrong was named Parliamentary Secretary to Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney on Thursday.

AMHERST – Scott Armstrong has received another promotion.

A year after being named chairman of the Conservative government’s Atlantic caucus, the Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP has been named the parliamentary secretary to Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney.

“I am honoured that the prime minister has shown confidence in me,” Armstrong said Thursday. “You always want to do better in your job and it sets a good example when you try to do better. It’s also good when the job you do is recognized.”

First elected in a 2009 by election to replace retiring Independent MP Bill Casey, Armstrong becomes the riding’s first MP to hold an executive position since Robert Coates resigned from cabinet of Brian Mulroney in 1985.

Casey held the position of deputy party whip while in opposition.

Armstrong said he will work with Kenney in addressing important issues such as the challenge of bridging the gap between available jobs and the workforce training required to meet the demand for skills workers.

His role includes assisting the minister in operating the department, answering questions in Question Period when the minister is not present and taking on special projects assigned by the government.

He will also take on more of a national profile after assuming a regional role with his appointment last August as Atlantic caucus chairman. It will also give him a direct line to members of the federal cabinet.

“This will be first time I have had a role like that so it’s definitely going to be a learning experience, but I have a pretty experienced cabinet minister to work with,” he said. “It’s also recognition for our riding to have a member who is doing well.”

With the appointment, Armstrong said, he will no longer be able to work on things like private members legislations, adding he will be passing his work on cyberbullying legislation over to another MP to present in the House of Commons.

“I do spend as much time as I can at events in the riding, and this position is going to require that I do some travel across the country I will still have regular office hours in the riding and will still be able to meet people,” Armstrong said. “I may not be in the province as much as before, but the riding remains my first priority.”

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Organizations: Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP, House of Commons

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  • Andrew
    September 21, 2013 - 09:17

    And, of course, the timing of this announcement would have NOTHING to do with trying to boost support for PC candidates running in Cumberland North and Cumberland South, would it?