Ambrose says Conservatives will work hard to win back Atlantic Canada

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Interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb.4, 2016. 

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HALIFAX _ Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says her party will be working closely with its provincial counterparts to rebuild support in Liberal-dominated Atlantic Canada. 

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Tories in Halifax on Saturday, Ambrose said a lot of work must be done to earn back the trust of voters after the Liberals swept the region in October's election. Ambrose said it's an opportunity to form a unique partnership with the Tory leaders in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

``At the end of the day, Atlantic Canadians need to know that I care about their issues. They need to know that the Conservative members of Parliament, whether they are Atlantic Canadians or not, they care about Atlantic Canada,'' said Ambrose after delivering a speech at a hotel in the city's downtown.

  "I think we have to learn from our mistakes and look forward and rebuild and that's exactly what we started to do this weekend by reaching out to leaders of the Conservative movement.''  Ambrose said she met with all four leaders on Saturday, something she says hasn't happened in two decades. 

"It was really wonderful to sit down with the leaders of the four Atlantic Canadian provinces and listen to them about what the issues are on the ground so that I know what they are,'' said Ambrose, adding that a range of topics were discussed, such as job creation.

"We talked about working together. They have such great insight into what's happening here in Atlantic Canada and so we're going to work together to make sure that we represent Atlantic Canadian issues in Ottawa.'' Nova Scotia Tory Leader Jamie Baillie, whose party has 10 of 51 seats in the legislature, said working with his federal counterpoint

"is the most constructive thing we can do.'' 

"It has not happened always in the past, but I'm just very pleased that it's happening now,'' said Baillie.  The federal Conservatives will elect a new leader in May, 2017.   

Organizations: Conservatives, Nova Scotia Tories, Tory

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, HALIFAX, Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Ottawa

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Recent comments

    February 08, 2016 - 10:05

    There will be no changes until politicians stop running and bowing to the parties and start running for the people. Parties and individuals get rich but the people who elect them always get poorer. Time to stop voting for parties and start voting for those who care and are prepared to do something to change this partonage politics.

  • Ryan
    February 07, 2016 - 17:36

    Won't have to work too hard, with the Libs killing job creation programs like Energy East and Tax and Spend budgets. Wait'll the out of work guys start arriving back home from the West thanks to Trudeau dithering as recent press reports have called it. Then the spit will hit the fan.

    • This Person
      February 08, 2016 - 11:11

      Yeah the price of oil plummeting had nothing to do with that at all nope!

  • Kyle
    February 07, 2016 - 12:33

    If the pro, conservatives are to stupid to stay away from the feds .They don`t deserve to form the government next election.(they are still chasing Gail an PETER )

  • Jimmy Buffet
    February 07, 2016 - 12:05

    Island Conservatives could not distance themselves any farther from the federal Cons during the last provincial election . Now they are having a love -in with the same people ... whats up with that ??? Are the Island Cons now Reform Cons ? I know the Binns Cons would have got along very well with the Harper government , very well indeed ! The ole Duff was popular with them too !

    • Garth Staples
      February 07, 2016 - 13:26

      Apparently not a member of the Party but portrays 'himself' as an expert! Come join and learn our history. By the way what is the difference between reform and change?

    • Jimmy Buffet
      February 07, 2016 - 15:44

      Canadians have experienced your history and that is why the Conservatives are history . It is a history of arrogance and corruption .