Liberal leader Stephen McNeil was in Kings South Sept. 12 - John DeCoste
Before the election campaign was a week old, Kings County had already received visits from all three provincial party leaders – all within the space of 24 hours.
On Sept. 12, Liberal leader Stephen McNeil said that the emphasis he has, and will continue to, place on our region is both deliberate and by design.
“I grew up here in the Valley, and I’m proud of that,” McNeil said, following an announcement at Acadia.
At the same time, “education and Acadia are an important part of the Valley. That’s why I chose to make this announcement here.”
McNeil confirmed he views the Valley ridings, and in particular Kings South and Kings North, both represented by NDP members during the previous mandate, as “keys to our success” in the Oct. 8 election.
“Are these key ridings? Absolutely. Are they winnable ridings? Absolutely.”
McNeil feels the difference between his party in this campaign as compared to 2009 is that this time, ”we have 51 candidates in place, who are already actively out there knocking on doors.” For his part, “I’ll be down here in the Valley again.”
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Asked if by concentrating time and effort on Kings South and Kings North, he was downplaying Kings West, where Liberal Leo Glavine is the incumbent, McNeil stressed, “I never count any seat as a sure thing. No seat is safe, including mine.”
McNeil believes that in terms of the political landscape in Nova Scotia, “change is needed for sure.” Kings South and Kings North “are examples of ridings we’ll need to gain if we are going to form a government.”
At the same time, he added, “obviously, I love the Valley. I have a great attachment to this area, and I’d like to see us elect Liberal members here to help us succeed.”