Scott Armstrong not going anywhere

Two veteran MPs announce retirement

Published on May 29, 2014
Area MP Scott Armstrong is reoffering in the next federal election. Two of his caucus counterparts have announced their retirement.
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Area MP Scott Armstrong is reoffering in the next federal election. Two of his caucus counterparts have announced their retirement.

AMHERST – While two of his caucus counterparts are not reoffering, Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong has already been nominated for next year’s federal election.

Both West Nova MP Greg Kerr and South Shore St. Margaret’s MP Gerald Keddy have announced in recent weeks that they are retiring from federal politics, but Armstrong says he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

“There’s still a lot I hope to accomplish and I’m looking forward to offering my name again to the people of Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley in the next election,” said Armstrong. “Both Greg and Gerald have done an excellent job representing the people of their ridings and the people of Nova Scotia and I’m so honoured to have had both of them as mentors before I ran for office and after I was elected.”

Kerr, 66,  served in the provincial legislature between 1978 and 1993 and was elected to the House of Commons in the 2008 federal election, while Keddy, 61, was first elected to Ottawa in 1997.

Armstrong was first elected in a byelection to replace retiring MP Bill Casey in 2009. He was re-elected in 2011. He was named chairman of the Conservatives’ Atlantic caucus in 2012 and was appointed as a parliamentary secretary to Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney last fall.

“When I was first elected it was during one of the toughest recessions this country had seen since the depression and my goal was to make sure the riding got as much of the stimulus package as it could and I’ve also worked to make sure people here are treated fairly by the bureaucracy,” Armstrong said. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot, but I still have a lot of things I want to do before my career is over.”