Cum­ber­land South PCs ready to hit cam­paign trail

Rush­ton hosts by­elec­tion kick­off rally on Saturday

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COVER STORY - BY DAR­RELL COLE dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives in Cum­ber­land South are ready to hit the cam­paign trail.

With the help of for­mer MLA Mur­ray Scott and for­mer pre­miers Roger Ba­con and John Buchanan, Tory Rush­ton launched his cam­paign at the Ox­ford branch of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion on Saturday by call­ing on Pre­mier Stephen McNeil to end the wait and call a by-election to re­place for­mer PC leader Jamie Bail­lie, who re­signed the seat sev­eral months ago.

“I don’t know when this election is go­ing to be called, I can’t pre­dict that, but I will pre­dict some­thing for you. We will win this election,” Rush­ton said. “I will fight for our chil­dren, our se­niors and any cit­i­zen con­cern that comes our way.”

Rush­ton feels the by-election, which many ex­pect could be called in the next week or so, and Oc­to­ber’s party lead­er­ship con­ven­tion will lead to re­newed in­ter­est in the PC party – some­thing he thinks will lead to a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment in the next pro­vin­cial election.

The PC can­di­date feels the by­elec­tion will be about two main is­sues – ed­u­ca­tion and se­niors.

“The Springhill schools were a pri­or­ity when I sent out my first re­lease. As we all know, those schools stu­dents are go­ing into ev­ery day need to be re­placed,” Rush­ton said. “While I wel­come the an­nounce­ment I want to re­mind peo­ple that way back in the Mur­ray Scott is when this fight started. We had schools on the list and they were taken off that list for un­known rea­sons. They say this new plan will not be po­lit­i­cally en­hanced and I hope they are right. I hope there’s a process where elected of­fi­cials do not have to get in­volved to say where we need to build these schools. It’s not right to play pol­i­tics with our chil­dren.” Rush­ton also feels it’s not right that se­niors have to go to nurs­ing homes and se­nior’s com­plexes out­side Cum­ber­land County be­cause no ad­di­tional beds have been cre­ated here.

It’s time for Nova Sco­tians to be­gin stick­ing up for se­niors and for gov­ern­ment to in­vest in se­nior’s beds so se­niors and their fam­i­lies can share their last cher­ished days close to home.

The pro­duc­tion su­per­vi­sor at Ox­ford Frozen Foods and for­mer Ox­ford fire chief said he wants to be the per­son to go to Hal­i­fax to rep­re­sent the wishes of Cum­ber­land South and not the per­son who rep­re­sents the wishes of Hal­i­fax in Cum­ber­land South.

Rush­ton said he’s proud to be the grand­son of for­mer PC cab­i­net min­is­ter Ge­orge Hen­ley. He doesn’t want to ride the coat­tails of his grand­fa­ther, but he knows it’s go­ing to come up and he’s amazed at how peo­ple re­spond when they learn he is Hen­ley’s grand­son.

“I wasn’t in Parrs­boro 10 min­utes when I ran into some­one who was putting up a brick wall, think­ing here’s an­other politi­cian try­ing to get my sup­port. As soon as Ge­orge Hen­ley was men­tioned the door was open and I was in the kitchen,” he said.

Ba­con, who was the Cum­ber­land East MLA from 1970 to 1993 and served briefly as pre­mier, told Rush­ton to make sure he has a good cam­paign team in place and urged him to let the peo­ple see him as much as pos­si­ble.

“Peo­ple buy peo­ple and they want to see you,” Ba­con said. “Never stop knock­ing on doors and let­ting peo­ple know they mat­ter to you.”

Buchanan urged Rush­ton to be like his grand­fa­ther and be a “peo­ple per­son.”

“The Num­ber 1 thing in po­lit­i­cal life is peo­ple.

They’re the ones who elect you,” Buchanan said.

When the by-election is called, Rush­ton will face New Demo­crat Larry Duch­esne, Thor Len­gies of the At­lantica Party and Lib­eral Scott Lock­hart. Lock­hart won the Cum­ber­land South Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion on Sunday in Springhill.

DAR­RELL COLE – THE CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

For­mer Nova Sco­tia pre­miers John Buchanan (left) and Roger Ba­con (cen­tre) speak to Cum­ber­land South PC can­di­date Tory Rush­ton fol­low­ing a rally in Ox­ford on Saturday.

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