Liberals parachute candidate into Cumberland South

Christopher Gooding
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SPRINGHILL - Just parachuted in from the Nova Scotia Liberals head office in Halifax, Cumberland South Liberal candidate Joseph Archibald says he recognizes the challenges he faces in his adopted riding, but suspects there will be a few raised eyebrows when Nova Scotia goes to the polls June 9.

"Murray (Scott, the Progressive Conservative incumbent) is popular and I think the residents have a lot of respect for Murray but recognize he's part of a government that's going down," Archibald said Monday.
"The residents deserve the opportunity to hear what the Liberals have to offer and vote Liberal."
A graduate of Acadia University, the 32-year-old Archibald studied political science before accepting a job working for former Prime Minister and then-Minister of Finance Paul Martin in 1998. Archibald has also worked for Scott's Brison's camp after the former Conservative crossed the floor to the Liberals.
Entering the political sphere himself, Archibald says, was just a matter of time and with the Cumberland South Liberals in need of a candidate, he saw his opportunity.
"Honestly, I've always wanted to run so the opportunity for me in Cumberland South is an opportunity for the residents to vote Liberal," he said.
Knowing he's late arriving, Archibald still plans on establishing a campaign office in the riding but in the meantime is going door-to-door while operating on a shoestring budget.

Organizations: Acadia University

Geographic location: Cumberland South, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  • Flyoff
    January 18, 2010 - 11:08

    And just who do you suppose gets stuck with the cost for that parachute?? That's right, the taxpayers of Cumberland County! Well, I for one have had enou....what? Just a figure of speech? Oh. Now I see what Fred meant about doing my research first.

  • Fred
    January 18, 2010 - 11:00

    Brent Noiles was nominated over a year ago. Do your homework before you make inaccurate statements, especially the one about these ridings belonging to the NDP.

  • Moriarty
    January 18, 2010 - 10:34

    That's what the Liberals think of Cumberland County folks:

    Archie and Brent, a couple of party 'hacks' parachuted in because they 'have so much promise.'

    Go back to the war rooms boys, these ridings belong to the NDP!

  • Jason
    January 18, 2010 - 10:31

    Wasn't it yesterday that commentators were critical of the green party for parachuting someone into the North riding? The commentators claimed the sole reason for parachuting the candidate in was to ensure money was collected for each vote. Why the silence when its the liberals or in the Federal Election with the PC's? It appears to me the commentators were correct but why are the Greens demonized and not the other parties who pull the same stunt? And why can't this be stopped by making the process less disingenious by preventing money per vote for these sorts of candidates?