Farrell elected in Cumberland North

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST – Liberal candidate Terry Farrell is the new MLA for Cumberland North after garnering 2,944 votes during Tuesday night’s provincial election.

“It’s the most amazing feeling,” said Farrell after he was announced the winner of the riding.

“I’m honoured and I know it’s going to be a huge responsibility and I’m ready for it,” added Farrell.  “It’s my dream job and I’m ready to jump in and get it done."

Progressive Conservative Judi Giroux’s garnered 2,230 votes, the NDP’s Brian Skabar’s received 1,943 votes, and the Green Party’s Jason Blanch had 279 votes.

“I think the people felt that we were offering them something that we could actually deliver, we weren’t’ trying to pull something over on them, we weren’t trying to make huge promises that couldn’t be kept,” said Farrell. “We were offering to step into the job and roll up our sleeves and do the work that has to be done because it’s not an easy job. There are a lot of things that have to be brought under control. It’s a mess and we got to get in and work and fix it up.”

Farrell said spending needs to be brought under control.

“We have to get health care spending under control. We have to do that by whatever means are available to us,” he said. “We have to get a grasp on government spending across the board.

“We have to understand the taxation system and see if there are any places there where we can give people tax relief,” he added. “As it is right now we’ve got to make the best of the resources we have and provide good management.”

He believes it was poor management skills that saw the governing NDP go to third place status.

“It was a lack of management skills on their part and they failed to gain the confidence of Nova Scotian’s and it worked against them tonight.”

Farrell says outgoing MLA Skabar and Giroux both put up a good fight during the campaign.

“I appreciate the effort they put in and the time they spent on their campaign, and if they’re here in the community and if they have roles in the community I’m willing to work with them like I will with everybody else.”

He was disappointed in Cumberland South Liberal candidate Kenny John Jackson’s loss to Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie.

“I think Kenny John Jackson ran an amazing campaign and I think he deserves to be the MLA of Cumberland South, and I hope he gets another chance to prove to those people that he can be their representative.”

He emphasized again that he will work hard for the people of Cumberland North.

"I will do my best not to disappoint you. I will do my best to deliver on my promise, which was to be a responsible MLA who will represent your interests in Halifax,” he said. "I will make sure we have a voice in the government and will not let the interests of Cumberland North be ignored.”




Organizations: NDP, Green Party, MLA of Cumberland South

Geographic location: Cumberland North, Cumberland South, Halifax

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  • Great Job Terry
    October 09, 2013 - 06:22

    Congratulations Terry, you will do a fantastic job, and you truly were the best candidate for the job, and it showed. My god I missed CKDH last night, I tuned in for results, and got country. I then tuned in to Tantramar FM and got the most negative coverage I have ever heard. Whoever's idea it was to have Carl host this must have been off their rocker. Negative, not exciting at all.