TRURO - Being the candidate for the Conservatives in central and northern Nova Scotia should not be considered winning the lottery, says the Liberal candidate.
Jim Burrows made the comment after being questioned about a news release sent out during the early days of the federal campaign. In the release Burrows said he is a "farmer, businessman, volunteer, and a community leader.
"I did not spend my whole life scheming to get elected," Burrows said in the release.
Asked by the Truro Daily News if he was speaking about incumbent Scott Armstrong, Burrows said yes.
He added it was "obvious" Armstrong's focus during the past number of years was to become the Conservative's candidate and member of Parliament.
"I think what voters need to remember is that traditionally in this riding, getting the Tory nomination has been akin to winning Atlantic Lottery's Set for Life and I think we have to change that ... mindset," Burrows said.
"What I want the voters to do is to stop and take a look at the candidates, what the candidates' backgrounds are, what their abilities are and what they offer people in the community."
Burrows did say there was nothing wrong with being involved with a political party over an extended period of time.
Armstrong said he stands by his record of representing all constituents since being elected in 2009.
"I will never be ashamed to say I represent the Progressive Conservative Party and the Conservative Party in this riding," said Armstrong, who had previously held executive positions with the provincial association.
"I think it's something I wear as a badge of honour."
He said he has also been active with volunteer organizations and as a coach.
Burrows said he is proud of his accomplishments.
"I am in politics because I believe Canadians deserve a government that addresses our challenges with facts, with compassion, with competence," he said in the release.