Nova Scotia

Halifax NDP candidate Megan Leslie responds to Liberal push

The NDP, which has held the urban riding since 1997, are up against a Liberal Party with recently growing support.

Halifax NDP Megan Leslie remains confident she will hold her seat

Halifax NDP candidate Megan Leslie first won the riding in 2008. (CBC)

NDP candidate Megan Leslie is confident she will represent Halifax once again, despite a last-minute push by Justin Trudeau in the riding on the weekend.

The Liberal leader made a stop in Halifax Saturday morning to boost supporter morale.  

"I know the Liberals are pushing really hard. They're spending a lot of money in this riding, but what I'm hearing on the ground is very different than what a glossy insert will say," Leslie said.

"What people are telling me is they're proud of the representation they've had and that's been a consistent theme."

Liberals pose challenge to NDP riding

Leslie is up for a challenge on Monday when Nova Scotians go to the polls. Her party has held the Halifax seat since 1997, first by party leader Alexa McDonough, followed by Leslie in 2008.

Following an event at a hotel in Halifax, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau planned to stop in Saint John and then Thunder Bay, Ont. (CBC)

But recent polls show the Liberal Party is gaining support, and in turn, urban planner and Liberal candidate Andy Fillmore looks like a serious challenger to that legacy. 

TransCanada lobbying a hot topic, Leslie says

The recent resignation of Liberal campaign co-chair Dan Gagnier has given politicians like Leslie a reason to lash out.

Gagnier resigned after emails were released showing he advised energy company TransCanada Corp., involved in the proposed Energy East pipeline, on how to successfully lobby a new government.

"That's not real change. It's the same old, same old," Leslie said. 

Trudeau said Friday the party took immediate action when the email surfaced.

​"When it came to light that one of our volunteers — a senior volunteer, obviously — had engaged in an inappropriate activity, we took responsibility for it," Trudeau said.

In 2011, Leslie won her riding with 52 per cent of the vote, beating the Liberal contender by around 12,000 votes.

"The only poll that does matter is the poll on election day," Leslie said. 

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