Janet Irwin to run for Baillie’s Progressive Conservatives in Chester – St. Margaret’s

September 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

CHESTER, NS – Former CBC executive and television reporter Janet Irwin will carry the Progressive Conservative banner in Chester–St. Margaret’s in the upcoming provincial election. She was officially nominated on September 13 in front of a packed crowd of enthusiastic supporters at an event with PC leader Jamie Baillie.

Irwin says the residents of Chester-St. Margaret’s will be better off under a Progressive Conservative government.

“The top priority of a Progressive Conservative government will be making life more affordable for Nova Scotians and their families,” she said. “Under the NDP, making ends meet has gotten tougher and tougher, but the Progressive Conservatives will make decisions with the family budget in mind.”

Irwin said she was drawn to the PC Party by its leader, former Credit Union Atlantic President Jamie Baillie, and his vision to restart our province’s troubled economy.

“Jamie Baillie has proven that he has the leadership experience to turn our economy around and have that success flow through to our schools and health care system,” she said.

Irwin noted that unlike the other leaders, Jamie Baillie will do what’s right and not what is easy.

“The NDP cut classrooms, but Jamie Baillie will cut MLA pensions,” she said. “The NDP and Liberals are okay with letting labour disputes shut down hospitals. Jamie Baillie believes patients are the priority.”

Baillie said he is excited about Irwin’s candidacy.

“Janet’s experience as a journalist and engaged community member gives her a personal connection and deep understanding of the challenges we face” he said. “She will be a key member of the Progressive Conservative team as we move forward getting our fiscal house in order and restoring education and healthcare in Nova Scotia.”

Irwin says she plans to spend the coming weeks and months meeting with local residents to discuss their priorities.