Peter Stoffer, first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 in the Nova Scotia riding of Sackville-Musquodoboit Valley-Eastern Shore, says “The last 18-and-a-half years felt like 18-and-a-half minutes.” He was one of the high-profile casualties of the Red Wave in Atlantic Canada, in which the Liberal Party swept all 32-seats in the region, after a long career as a popular and dedicated MP who personally returned every call or inquiry that came his way. In 2004, the riding name was changed to Sackville-Eastern Shore, and in this election, it was changed to Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook and he lost to Liberal MP Darrell Samson by approximately 6,500 votes. In an exit interview with The Hill Times, Mr. Stoffer said he was feeling “a bit melancholy” about the loss, and was surprised by the election result.
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