Chris d’En­tremont to seek Con­ser­va­tive nom­i­na­tion in West Nova

15-year MLA, for­mer cabi­net min­is­ter, ready to bring ex­pe­ri­ence to the House of Com­mons

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Af­ter 15 years in provin­cial pol­i­tics, Chris d’En­tremont is look­ing to make the jump to the fed­eral scene.

In a me­dia re­lease he sent out at 5:21 a.m. on Nov. 20 – be­fore start­ing out his day – d’En­tremont said he’s ready to rep­re­sent West Nova in the Par­lia­ment of Canada.

The bilin­gual, five-term MLA, who spent six years at the cabi­net table, said he was end­ing weeks of spec­u­la­tion by con­firm­ing his bid to seek the Con­ser­va­tive nom­i­na­tion in West Nova.

But in truth, this is a de­ci­sion that d’En­tremont has been mulling over for years.

Asked what was hard and what was easy about the de­ci­sion, d’En­tremont said the easy part is want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence of an­other sort for peo­ple in this part of the prov­ince.

“What made it an easy de­ci­sion is there are a num­ber of pro­jects I have not been able to com­plete as MLA be­cause they are fed­eral in na­ture,” he said in an in­ter­view. “If I’m go­ing to com­plain on my end, I might as well try to jump up and try to solve it.”

What makes it dif­fi­cult, he said, is the con­stituents he rep­re­sents and works for.

“I’ve al­ready signed up with con­stituents to rep­re­sent Ar­gyleBar­ring­ton and I don’t want to be seen to aban­don them, be­cause I have a duty to them as well,” he said. “It’s go­ing to be rough in the next bit as I try to do a lit­tle of ev­ery­thing, but I’m also go­ing to make sure that should I be suc­cess­ful in get­ting the nom­i­na­tion, that we are suc­cess­ful in find­ing a good (provin­cial) can­di­date to rep­re­sent the area.”

There isn’t a West Nova Con­ser­va­tive nom­i­na­tion meet­ing on the hori­zon and d’En­tremont says un­til the time of the nom­i­na­tion he will con­tinue to be the MLA peo­ple ex­pect him to be. It will also be busi­ness as usual through his con­stituency of­fices. If he does win the nom­i­na­tion he’ll have to re­sign as MLA.

“I think West Nova is ready for a change, not be­cause of the work of Colin Fraser (the Lib­eral MP for West Nova who has an­nounced he won’t re­of­fer in the next fed­eral elec­tion),” said d’En­tremont, “it’s just that they see the fed­eral govern­ment is not car­ing enough about south­west Nova.”

He feels he has the ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to de­liver on “big, im­por­tant files,” he said in his me­dia re­lease. “I will bring my 15 years of leg­isla­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, and knowl­edge gained at the helm of some of our most im­por­tant govern­ment de­part­ments, with me to Ot­tawa. I will be a strong, ef­fec­tive ad­vo­cate for the peo­ple of West Nova.”

“Justin Trudeau promised the peo­ple of West Nova their voice would be heard, but in­stead he has ig­nored At­lantic Canada and taken us for granted,” he said. “Work­ing along­side An­drew Scheer, I’ll undo the dam­age done by the Trudeau Lib­er­als and make sure fam­i­lies in West Nova are able to get ahead.”

D’En­tremont was first elected to the Nova Sco­tia House of As­sem­bly in 2003. Un­der pre­miers John Hamm and Rod­ney MacDon­ald he served as the min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture, fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture, health, Aca­dian af­fairs and com­mu­nity ser­vices at var­i­ous times. He briefly served as Nova Sco­tia’s fi­nance min­is­ter in 2009. Since 2010, he has been the of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion house leader. He is the MLA for the Ar­gyle-Bar­ring­ton re­gion.

One thing d’En­tremont has fought hard for is the re­in­state­ment of Aca­dian rid­ings in the prov­ince. If these rid­ings are re­in­stated in the next provin­cial elec­tion and he’s not run­ning provin­cially, he’s asked if this would be bit­ter­sweet.

“I think I’m just happy I’ve been able to par­tic­i­pate in that process, be­ing able to make that change and fi­nally be heard,” he said. “The next MLA, I’m hop­ing, will be an Aca­dian MLA to rep­re­sent Aca­di­ans in the House of As­sem­bly. It would be nice for me to do but I’ve done provin­cial pol­i­tics for 15 years, 20 if you look at my time as an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant. It’s time for a change and I think fed­eral pol­i­tics is sort of the next log­i­cal step.”

Chris d’En­tremont

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