‘The party has spo­ken:’ Lohr

Kings-North MLA will sup­port Tim Hous­ton as PC leader

Annapolis Valley Register - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN CHISHOLM SALTWIRE NET­WORK HAL­I­FAX, N.S.

It wasn’t the re­sult he wanted, but Kings-North MLA John Lohr con­ceded that Tim Hous­ton is the new leader of the PC party of Nova Sco­tia.

Lohr also says he will do what he can to sup­port him.

Hous­ton won the lead­er­ship fol­low­ing the first bal­lot, af­ter Ce­cil Clarke, who was in sec­ond, con­ceded and threw his sup­port be­hind Hous­ton at the lead­er­ship con­ven­tion in Hal­i­fax on Oct. 27.

Lohr said de­spite the re­sults, he’s happy with how things went. Hous­ton re­ceived 2,496.75 points dur­ing the first bal­lot, Clarke re­ceived 1,385.71, Lohr had 692.45, El­iz­a­beth SmithMcCrossin had 384.96 and Julie Chi­as­son had 140.13.

“I feel su­per about my cam­paign, ob­vi­ously I wanted to win the race, but the party has spo­ken and I re­spect that,” Lohr said. “I have no re­grets, we did ev­ery­thing we could.”

Lohr said he was in dis­cus­sions with the other lead­er­ship hope­fuls af­ter the first bal­lot re­sults came in, and when it be­came clear that Hous­ton would take the lead­er­ship, they all crossed the floor to sup­port Hous­ton.

It’s been a long cam­paign for the five lead­er­ship can­di­dates, stretch­ing out over 10 months, with de­bates across the prov­ince.

“The party and Tim need to get ready for the next elec­tion, and I’ll cer­tainly do what­ever he and the party wants me to do,” he said. “Hope­fully I’ll still have the sup­port of the res­i­dents of KingsNorth.”

Lohr said he’s a fan of the new leader se­lec­tion sys­tem, say­ing it led to a record num­ber of new mem­bers join­ing the party.

“I think Tim ran an ex­traor­di­nar­ily good ground game, with very or­ga­nized vol­un­teers,” he said. “That was the key to his vic­tory and that bodes well for the party.”

COLIN CHISHOLM PHOTO

John Lohr, chat­ting with Nova Sco­tia PC Party mem­bers dur­ing the lead­er­ship con­ven­tion in Hal­i­fax on Oct. 27.

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