Keith irving, Liberal, Kings South
By Jennifer Vardy Little
Before the election was officially declared, Kings South Liberal candidate Keith Irving was knocking on doors. In the dying days of the 2013 provincial election, he was still at it.
“Our focus on the last few days is going door to door,” he said, adding that he was given the advice to spend Oct. 8 relaxing.
He learned a lot about the riding over the course of the campaign, Irving said. His time on the doorsteps emphasized the diversity, with the “centre” like Wolfville, “almost urban” subdivisions like Coldbrook and the more rural areas that make up the riding.
“There’s tremendous diversity in the riding and I enjoyed meeting folks from all walks of life,” he said.
It was an eye-opening experience, he added.
“I learned there are a lot of people who are struggling, people who are concerned with the state of the province, jobs, the economy, keeping families here in Nova Scotia,” he said. “That was a big one. In the Maritimes, there is always san exodus of young people.”
He was also dismayed about the amount of cynicism he experienced on the doorsteps.
“I think it’s worse than ever before,” he said. “People are sick of promises being broken. They’re interested in people who don’t break promises.”
Irving said he’s felt a “lot of support” for the Liberals.
“I want all those Liberal supporters to come out because I’m working to unseat a sitting cabinet minister, and unseating an incumbent is hard,” he said.
Irving plans to watch the election results at home and then head to his campaign headquarters for a gathering.