Vote against Harper government will continue, say opposition MPs

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Central and northern Nova Scotians' vote against the Harper Conservatives will last more than one election, a pair of members of Parliament predicted.

Liberal Scott Brison (Kings-Hants) campaigned in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquo-doboit Valley with candidate Jim Burrows on Tuesday afternoon while federal NDP Leader Jack Layton officially opened Mark Austin's office in Truro on Tuesday night.
"We don't want someone who is just going to parrot Stephen Harper's line," Layton told about 100 people. "His line was to turn his back on the Atlantic accord after he promised he wouldn't. And then, when a certain Bill Casey stood up and said I'm going to stand up for the Atlantic Accord, he got thrown out of the caucus."
Asked later what he would do if he was prime minister, and one of his members voted against his party's budget, he said it depends on the circumstances.
"I tell you what I would have done," he added, "I would have honoured the Atlantic Accord, that's what I would have done."
It was Layton's first trip to the riding since becoming the leader in 2003. He will continue to assist in the campaign today.
Brison, who once served with the Tories, also took aim at the prime minister.
"This riding understands Stephen Harper's faults and his meanness better than almost any riding in Canada," Brison said. "The citizens in this riding saw Stephen Harper in action, they saw the way he treated Bill Casey."
Conservative candidate Scott Armstrong said he is running a positive campaign.
"I'm campaigning under my name and the Conservative association that's done a great job representing this riding for generations and I think I'll let my own record stand for itself," he said.
Armstrong added the prime minister and his government's economic action plan and stimulus plan is working to get the country out of an economic recession.
The Liberals and NDP said the riding is open with the veteran Casey off the ballot for the first time since 1988.
The byelection will be held Nov. 9.

Organizations: Harper Conservatives, Kings-Hants, Conservative association

Geographic location: TRURO, Northern Nova, Canada

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  • Alex
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Hey Dennis,

    I've only made are a few posts, including this I think you're a bit off with saying that I'm posting every day...and there's nothing negative about this, these are the facts.

    As far as Scott is concerned there's no way that he's going to stand up against Harper on anything and anyone who thinks otherwise is foolish.

    Bill Casey's bravery and sheer determination to stand up to Harper cost him his job as an MP and our riding dearly....but in the end HARPER case you didn't notice.

    There's no getting away from the fact that a vote for Scott Armstrong is a vote for and endorsement of Stephen Harper! Period. End of discussion!

  • Kurtis
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    I am really tired of the 2 party system that doesn't respect the voter's wishes.
    No matter who gets in, the results are more or less always disappointing.

    In the next election, I will vote for Jim Hnatiuk of the CHP. The CHP is the real conservative party. If anyone wants to learn more about the CHP here is their link:

  • Moriarty
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    .......The only real option here is Mark Austin.

  • Moriarty
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    ..............Looks like Jim has at least one thing going for him......

    his supporters know how to use the internet....

  • Neal
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Jim Hnatiuk.... CCMV can give a real voice for real conservatives all across Canada by electing Jim. If you're tired of being taken for granted by liberal-lite, give the CHP a go. It wouldn't hurt to get different perspective in parliament, so we can hold the Tories feet to the fire from the right!

  • Dennis
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Alex has been on the boards every other day with his negative message.

    The fact is that Scott Armstrong stood up with Bill Casey in the last election, as Bill was and is a personal friend. Scott is no toady. He took a courageous stand and was respected for it within the party, here and in Ottawa. He is his own man and will stand up strongly when its important to do so - and we know that's the case because he already did.