By Nancy Kelly
Despite being deluged by the Liberal wave that swept across Nova Scotia, Kings West candidates Jody Frowley, Bob Landry and Barb Lake each say they are happy to have offered an alternative option to voters in the recent provincial election.
In Kings West, incumbent Leo Glavine held the seat for the Liberals in a landslide decision. With 5,890 votes, he claimed 74 per cent of the returns, doubling the support he experienced in his first election in 2003.
“No question, Leo is very popular in the riding and I wish him and his family all the best going forward,” said Frowley, who carried the PC banner. He garnered 1,275 votes - 16 per cent of the total votes cast.
After the returns were in, he said he had no regrets about throwing his hat into the ring and becoming thoroughly engaged in the political process. Surprised by the “NDP crash,” Frowley said he was very excited with the news the PCs will form the official opposition. He hopes to be part of the next election cycle and has pledged to continue rebuilding the party in the province.
“I’ll definitely be back,” he added.
New Democrat Bob Landry summed up his thoughts in a simple statement on election night after the winner had been called in Kings West.
“Friendship before politics,” tweeted Landry, after he sought out Glavine to offer his congratulations. He says he holds Glavine’s friendship, work ethic and commitment to the riding in high regard.
“Leo has done such a marvelous job representing the riding, there is no denying that,” Landry said, “but I have issues with the philosophies of the Liberal party, which he represents.”
Landry earned eight per cent of the vote total with 803 votes. As for a future in politics, Landry isn’t sure about that.
“I will be 72 when the next election comes around,” he said, adding he believes it would be in the NDP’s best interest to seek out a “younger, dynamic candidate” well in advance of the next vote.
“Who ever it is has to get out there with the (NDP) message early.”
For Green Party candidate Barb Lake, the support she received at the ballot box shows there are people out there for whom environmental issues matter. In the future, she said she has no intention of shying away from discussions about issues that affect the health and wellness of the province and its people.
“I just feel compelled to do this. I won’t stop.”
Lake’s 158 votes, representing two per cent of votes cast, roughly doubled the results the Green Party has experienced in Kings West in the past two elections.
“It’s not a lot, but it is an improvement nonetheless,” she said.