AMHERST -Scott Armstrong is going back to Ottawa.
The 44-year-old former educator and administrator won convincingly in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley last night, holding onto a riding that he won for the Conservatives by a large margin in a 2009 byelection.
"I've only been elected since November 2009 and my team and I have worked hard for the benefit of the people across the riding in Cumberland,
Colchester and the Musquodoboit Valley," Armstrong said just moments after being declared elected.
Just like 500 days ago, when Armstrong claimed 11,167 of 24,359 votes, he stormed out to a strong lead early on and was declared elected within 30 minutes of the polls closing.
About three dozen Tory supporters waited at the Truro headquarters as the poll were called in.
"He worked extremely hard since the byelection and nobody deserves it more," said Jeff Hunt, who was Armstrong's co-campaign chairman. "He never took it for granted. He worked and worked and worked."
Hunt added it was satisfying for the team who worked extremely hard on Armstrong's behalf.
Armstrong credited his team for getting him re-elected and thinks the accomplishments he has made in Ottawa in a relatively short period of time helped this time.
"We have done a lot of work since the byelection with the Economic Action Plan and that has helped us tonight," he said. "I think you provide good service to the people the voters will return that favour."
The Conservatives have dominated the riding for generations, with the exception of 1993 when Liberal Diane Brushett claimed the seat and in 2008 when former Tory MP Bill Casey won as an Independent. Casey later retired to take a job with the province in Ottawa.
Armstrong said he will continue to work hard for the people of the riding, adding there's lots more work to be done in the nation's capital. He hopes to continue delivering infrastructure money to the riding and suggested that rural areas of the province are not out of the economic recession just yet.
"I think small rural areas of the country are still struggling with the recession," he said. "I'm going to work hard to provide jobs and growth to this area. That's going to be my focus until we're all the way out of this recession."
He also congratulated the four candidates who ran against him this time, saying they were opponents but never enemies. He said the Conservatives have won the riding and it's up to him to represent everyone no matter their political stripe.
"In this riding we have clean campaigns. All the candidates ran clean campaigns and ran on the issues and all showed class and grace," he said.
"There's a lot of places in this country that disgraced the political process and I'm proud of all the people in this race no matter their political stripe. We don't do that in this riding because we're all here for the people and not for one-upmanship."
Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP-elect Scott Armstrong enters party headquarters in Amherst with his fiancé Tammy Stewart after rolling to re-election in Monday’s general election. Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News