What, exactly, are they thinking

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Politics is either dying a slow death or entering a strange state of evolution. With the succession of Keith Hunter as Cumberland North's Conservative candidate over the weekend many are wondering what Cumberland County's Warden is doing holding his municipal chair while waiting to spring onto the provincial scene.
Fact is, Hunter is at liberty to hold his municipal position until Cumberland North chooses its Member of the Legislative Assembly and, if successful, would then resign from the municipality.
The more glaring question, however - aside from why the warden would challenge his constituents with the cost of a possible byelection during these hard economic times - is how will the county's relationship with the MLA sit if Hunter loses. Already Hunter has egged incumbent MLA Ernie Fage, stating the Independent MLA is beyond his shelf life.
There's nothing stopping councillors and other members of the political sphere from becoming a candidate for one government while sitting in another, but one has to wonder what the long-term ramifications could be. Indeed, we would all like to believe that everyone is a professional regardless of the outcome, but it is an altruistic view, ignoring the fact personalities and emotions can impact the decision making process of many people.
Business is business but how hard one has to fight for said business usually has something to do with the other person.
This might not be on the minds of the candidates but, surely, it's on the minds of the constituents.
From Cumberland South looking to Cumberland North we too may not be immune from the condition. A popular rumour currently circulating in our riding is that a senior-staffer with the Town of Springhill could be named the provincial NDP candidate in the not so distant future. Could the campaign trail make for strained relations?
So, is politics a dinosaur left to the current members of government to recycle their titles or is this some sort of experiment which the voters will decide an acceptable outcome? Time will tell.
Time will tell a lot of things.

Organizations: Legislative Assembly, Independent MLA, NDP

Geographic location: Cumberland North, Cumberland County, Cumberland South Springhill

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  • Roger Langille
    March 09, 2010 - 09:26

    The NDP are the people that Nova Scotia needs in office as soon as possible.
    These are the only people that care at all about the people of Nova Scotia not just at election time as the Tory's and Liberal record has allways been and will allway be,.
    I have the financing available to re open the Trentonworks, build a new world class shipyard and New Flat Products and Long Product Steel mills.
    Mr Harper has agreed to fund the subsea cable and trnasmission line from the Churchill Hydro Dames to NS. That will give these Steel industries the cheapest and cleanest electricity in the world.
    I would also be interested in buying the coal gas here and developing it for our use.
    If the people of Nova Scotia elect the NDP in Halifax with a Majority government I will be able to deliver all of this and MORE !
    It only will take an X beside the NDP on the ballet. I would think that atleast 100 full time jobs for gas development and production right here in Springhill is easily possible !