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Ex-MP Scott Armstrong on his new life as an unelected Conservative critic and staffer

By Laura Ryckewaert      

'Without any opposition members for any party [in Atlantic Canada], we have to make sure we have the apparatus in place to get the word out and get an effective opposition to what the government’s doing in the region.'

Though he's no longer an MP, Scott Armstrong has been serving as the Conservative critic for Atlantic issues, splitting his time between the region and Ottawa. 'My car is my office,' he says. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
With the Conservatives wiped off the electoral map in Atlantic Canada in the 2015 election, defeated former Nova Scotia MP Scott Armstrong took on a unique role, joining the official opposition shadow cabinet and becoming a paid Atlantic issues adviser in the official opposition leader’s office. That’s meant spending the last few months bouncing back and forth between Ottawa and the East Coast, keeping tabs on the region and working to rebuild the Conservative brand.
The former Conservative MP has been working in interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose‘s OLO since the start of the year, along with serving as the Conservative critic for Atlantic issues and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

And while his staffer status will soon change, he’ll continue as critic and says it’s important the region has a voice at the Conservative caucus table.

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