CPAC’s Bill Kendrick visits the riding of Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley, Nova Scotia, to examine key issues and to meet candidates vying to become MP for the region in the November 9, 2009, by-election.
Bill Casey held the riding for the Conservatives for nearly twenty years before leaving the party in spring of 2007 in a dispute over the Atlantic Accord. In 2008, Mr. Casey ran as an independent, taking nearly 70% of the vote. Now with Mr. Casey having left public office, voters are being asked to choose a new MP from a new slate of candidates. The Conservatives are hoping that most of their traditional base will rally behind their candidate, high school principal Scott Armstrong. Dairy farmer Jim Burrows is running for the Liberals and Mark Austin of the NDP is counting on Darrell Dexter’s popularity as Nova Scotia premier to propel him to victory. The Green Party’s candidate is Jason Blanch, an addiction counsellor from Amherst. Kate Graves is an independent candidate and Jim Hnatiuk is representing the Christian Heritage Party.