Leo Glavine celebrated his fourth win in Kings West with his wife Doris, on his right, and friends Mike and Sheila Munday and Berwick Mayor Don Clarke. Nancy Kelly-www.kingscountynews.ca
By Nancy Kelly
Leo Glavine has kept the riding of Kings West for the Liberal party and will be part of a majority Liberal government.
It didn't take long for the returns to show the wide margin that Glavine had over his opponents, PC Jody Frowley, NDP Bob Landry and Green Barb Lake. He took the seat with 5,890 votes, well ahead of Frowley, who came second with 1,275.
While he was confident going into the vote about the support from Kings West voters, Glavine admitted to being anxious while he awaited the provincial returns at the Aylesford Lions hall.
“I will be watching the progress of my colleagues and the Liberal newcomers closely, that’s for sure.”
At his victory party, Glavine thanked all his supporters, “an unbelievably loyal team,” and indicated he is ready to tackle "a new learning curve" in a majority government environment. He reacted to speculation that will likely be part of Stephen McNeil's cabinet.
"Stephen (McNeil) and I have been in this journey side by side from the beginning and whatever role he wants me to play I am prepared to do it," he said.
Both men were first elected in side-by-side ridings in 2003.
“Forming a majority government is both an exciting and daunting prospect,” said Glavine, who realized about a year ago that the Liberals had a solid chance to move from the opposition benches.
“For a while, I thought I might spend my political career in the wilderness of opposition, but then things shifted,” he added.
Glavine believes Nova Scotians will get a “practical-minded leader with common sense” with McNeil as premier and is confident members of the Liberal caucus will bring the work ethic they began in opposition to their new role as the governing party.
He sees the province’s healthcare challenges, rural economic development and job creation as issues that need immediate attention.
“We have to be frontline, frontline, frontline in our approach,” to finding solutions, he said.