MP-elect says people should not fear new government
AMHERST - Scott Armstrong began thinking a majority was possible when his party's advertising machine went quiet in the final days of the federal election campaign.
"My first inkling is we went absolutely dark last week and there were no ads. I figured we were ahead or we were saving for a big push on the weekend. When that didn't happen I figured that we were that far ahead," said Armstrong, who secured his second election win on Monday night, taking 52.5 per cent of the votes cast in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley. "They must have had us in majority territory last week."
Armstrong thinks the surge by the NDP under Jack Layton led a lot of people in a number of key Ontario ridings to abandon the Liberals and switch their allegiance to the Conservative Party to offset NDP gains in Quebec.
Now that there is a Conservative majority, the MP-elect feels it's good for the country in that it will bring about economic stability coming out of a deep recession and should end the all-too-frequent elections that have plagued the country in recent years.
Also, while the Conservatives suffered losses in Quebec, Armstrong admitted to being thrilled to see the defeat of the separatist Bloc Quebecois at the hands of a federalist party.
"It's tremendous for the future of this country. Our biggest threat over the long-term is national unity. It's like a monkey on our back. To have the Bloc eliminated as a political party takes that monkey off our back," he said.
Armstrong also stressed that people should not fear a majority government, adding the policies and legislation the government will bring forward won't be radical and won't represent a huge shift to the right. Instead, he said, the focus will continue to be on jobs and the economy.
"We are a true national party in that we have support from all parts of the country and representation from all geographic communities and demographic groups," he said. "We have elected strong MPs from across the country.
"What you're going to see is a continued focus on the economy with selective investments to keep people employed. As for socially conservative issues I don't see that happening at all. That's not what people elected us for. We were elected to continue the good economic work we have done."
As for the MP himself, he's looking forward to getting back to Ottawa to check on student employment grants for the riding. He's also going to follow up on a number of other projects either underway or in their infancy.