Candidates battle geography in race to woo voters

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Overcoming obstacles created by size of riding one of the keys to electoral success: candidates

AMHERST - In the battle to reach voters, navigating the geographical vastness of Cumberland - Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley is key to electoral success, say two of the people hoping to represent the riding in Parliament.
AMHERST - In the battle to reach voters, navigating the geographical vastness of Cumberland- Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley is key to electoral success, say two of the people hoping to represent the riding in Parliament.

As the federal election hit Day 2, Independent incumbent Bill Casey and Liberal hopeful Tracy Parsons were in Amherst Tuesday, visiting potential voters and planning strategy with their respective campaign teams.

"Door-to-door - that's how a campaign should be fought," said Parsons, while in Amherst to visit her campaign headquarters, and between stops in Oxford and Springhill.

AMHERST - In the battle to reach voters, navigating the geographical vastness of Cumberland - Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley is key to electoral success, say two of the people hoping to represent the riding in Parliament.
AMHERST - In the battle to reach voters, navigating the geographical vastness of Cumberland- Colchester - Musquodoboit Valley is key to electoral success, say two of the people hoping to represent the riding in Parliament.

As the federal election hit Day 2, Independent incumbent Bill Casey and Liberal hopeful Tracy Parsons were in Amherst Tuesday, visiting potential voters and planning strategy with their respective campaign teams.

"Door-to-door - that's how a campaign should be fought," said Parsons, while in Amherst to visit her campaign headquarters, and between stops in Oxford and Springhill.

As for Casey, he too is opening offices and visiting voters, working to retain his seat.

"We're making up the schedule to get to as many places as we can," Casey said. "Geographically it's a tough riding. Today I'm in Amherst and I have more square feet of the Halifax Regional Municipality than any member from Halifax."

Casey said overcoming the travel is a major effort but a necessary and valuable exercise.

"In a campaign you are always exploring your riding," Casey said, adding that when the House is sitting, getting that contact with the voters becomes more difficult.

"I'm going to get to see things I normally don't get to see. I don't even know what I'm going to see."

Parsons, who started going door-to-door on Monday, said talking to the voters is the only way to understand what is on their minds.

"Rarely have I ever gone to a door where I haven't heard something relevant," said Parsons, a mother of two who calls Bible Hill home.

A former leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, this is Parson's third election as a candidate. Casey is entering his seventh campaign. He has won six times.

NDP members in the riding will select their candidate at a nomination meeting Thursday in Truro, while the Conservative Party, who earlier exiled Casey over a dispute on the Atlantic Accord offshore revenue agreement with the province, hand-picked former New Brunswick MLA Joel Bernard. The policy advisor to Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day has run for office unsuccessfully in both Ontario and New Brunswick.

The Green Party has said it will not run a candidate against Casey.

Organizations: Progressive Canadian Party, NDP, Conservative Party The Green Party

Geographic location: AMHERST, Colchester, Musquodoboit Valley Oxford Bible Hill Truro Atlantic Accord Ontario New Brunswick

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  • Icy
    January 18, 2010 - 11:14

    Jason, tell me more about this festival - do you think we could adopt it in the Town, to replace the festivals of the past, of which we have only faded memories?

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 11:07

    ooh, Mrs. or Mr. Speaker you say federal funding is screwed for CCMV because Casey will be an independant? That's not accurate or true. Casey was a Conservative for several years while the Liberals were in party and no federal funding was screwed then, how can you say that it will be now? You either don't have an understanding how federal funds are disbursed or you are just trying to create some sort of rally against casey or maybe both. well quite likely both. Thank you come again.

  • Sebastian
    January 18, 2010 - 11:01

    *Navigating the geographical vastness of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley* is a bit of a stretch. There are ridings in Canada that are bigger than the entire province of NS.

    If we are to be given the impression that the candidates are going to be doing some real tough work, sorry, it's a miss. Back to the drawing board.

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:55

    The Belindapendent member doesn't know what to expect to see in his riding .This is ample confirmation that it is too large to not have representation in Ottawa .It is workable to have a loose wingnut in Toronto or a city out west as there are other members close by to take up the slack .He says he is going to keep The Bay of Fundy tides back and ensure federal funds are distributed fairly .Now that he has screwed up federal funds for the riding he is now going to be fair as he will no longer be able to direct things to Tory hacks as in the past .Danny Williams has the ABC campaign going CCMV needs it also .Anybody But Crazy ! IMO

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:41

    Obviously Mr. Ronin has not travelled much around the CCMV. Yes ridings may be bigger in other parts of the country but so what, this is Nova Scotia. Sheesh try criticizing his socks next time, ya desperate for something to cling to?

  • Frank
    January 18, 2010 - 10:39

    Just going through the riding today ,i see the Colchester stump jumpers are getting some Crazy signs out ,wasn't in Amherst for the first day in a long time but i expect the Cumberland bohunk dupes are also getting their Crazy signs tacked up .They are all frantically lining up to buy another lemon from the smiling used car salesman .IMO

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:32

    Mr. or Mrs. Speakers conservative Pilon is now in place for CCM to vote for so that we can get funding for my Marsh Monkey Marshmallow Festival. I forget his name already but he's from Ontario and got a seat in northern new brunswick under B. Lord's gov't. I think he's a man who will bring us money, a man with local knowledge, a man....ummm..well ok he's not from here, he likely can't get my Monkey Festival going but lets give the guy a shot, whoever he is.