PM welcomes Armstrong to the fold

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TRURO - - Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley¹s newest member of

Parliament received a special congratulatory phone call Tuesday.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Scott Armstrong shortly after 5 p.m.

Atlantic time.

"It was a very positive conversation," Armstrong said of the discussion that he said lasted "several" minutes. "It¹s not lost on me when the prime minister of any country calls you, it¹s quite an honour."

Armstrong captured 46 per cent of the vote (11,167) in Monday's byelection, defeating the NDP's Mark Austin by 4,900 votes.

Armstrong said the specific details of the conversation will remain confidential, but he did share a few items they discussed.

"He asked me a lot about what was going on at the doorstep," he said, noting it may help in forming directions the party might take on issues in the future.

"He wanted me to thank the people of the campaign team," he added.

Armstrong said he expects to have a strong working relationship with Harper,

the Prime Minister's Office and the federal Conservative caucus.

Armstrong expects to make an announcement later this week regarding his

position as the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia president

after meeting with interim Leader Karen Casey.

Armstrong is also working out details about setting up offices. He expects

to have offices in Truro, Amherst and Ottawa, as his predecessor Bill Casey

did.

For more see Thursday¹s Amherst Daily News.

Organizations: NDP, Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia, Amherst Daily News

Geographic location: Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley, Amherst, Ottawa

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