Stephen Harper heading to Cumberland-Colchester for stop at secret location

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is making his first visit to Nova Scotia this weekend since the federal election was called, but residents will have to register online to find out the secret location of the event.

'I've never seen anything like it,' says Liberal candidate Bill Casey

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is scheduled to make his first visit to Nova Scotia this weekend since the federal election was called. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is making his first visit to Nova Scotia this weekend since the federal election was called, but residents will have to register online to find out the secret location of the event.

Bill Casey, the Liberal candidate for the riding of Cumberland-Colchester, said Harper plans to be in the riding on Sunday to attend a meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

He said the location of the meeting is "currently a secret" and both residents and the media have to register online to attend. If you register, you get an email saying the location of the event will be revealed 24 to 72 hours before the meeting.

"I've never seen anything like it," Casey said Wednesday. "My understanding is people will be vetted and some will get tickets and some of them won't."

Casey said he understands the media will be restricted on what "you can report and say afterwards," adding residents in the riding received emailed invitations to the meeting.

Although Harper has not yet been to Nova Scotia in this election campaign, Casey said it was the third visit for the Harper family to Cumberland-Colchester in as many months.

He said it was a clear indication that the "Harper election crew have identified Cumberland Colchester as one at risk and are focusing their senior efforts here."

Casey said many people in the riding want answers about:

  • Why the Truro area was "targeted" to have its mail service reduced.
  • Details on the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
  • Services for veterans.
  • Issue of missing aboriginal women being on the government's agenda. 

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