Ignatieff hits CCMV campaign trail

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said the party has the recipe to turn a traditional Conservative stronghold red again.

The federal leader was in Truro yesterday campaigning with dairy farmer Jim Burrows, who is looking to replace Independent MP Bill Casey as the member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquo-doboit Valley.
Ignatieff was asked how the party planned to bring about the change needed to elect a Liberal for the first time since 1993 when Dianne Brushett started her four-year term.
"You have to have a great candidate. You have to have a man who knows Nova Scotia agriculture like the back of his hand," Ignatieff said.
The party is also hoping to cash in on the backlash that followed Casey's expulsion from the Conservative caucus in 2007 for voting against the party's budget.
"There's a lot of anger at Stephen Harper in this riding, probably more than any other place in the country," Ignatieff said. "Jim will bring enormous credibility on all the rural issues. He'll be a strong spokesman and defender of agriculture and rural interests."
In last year's election, the Liberals failed to make gains, dropping from second place in the riding in 2006 to fourth in 2008. But Burrows contends this year will be much different.
"Last time Bill Casey was ... part of the campaign and people wanted to send a direct message to Stephen Harper," he said.
One of the challenges he admits is informing residents what is happening.
"Unfortunately, the first thing I am hearing when I go to a lot of doors is people don't even realize there's a campaign going on yet," he said.

Geographic location: TRURO, Nova Scotia

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  • Vince
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Mr ignatieff, if you were not the leader of this party then I probably would swing my vote back to liberal, however with you as leader, I can not find any reason to vote for the party, I just do not trust you....

  • Alex
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    There's nobody in this country that can tell me that Michael Ignatieff would be a worse leader compared to Stephen Harper!

    If the guy has faults fine, but why not give him a chance...we have seen Stephen Harper's true colours!!!

    Why would people vote for Harper having seen how he has treated our riding???