Conservative launches bid for federal nomination

By Observer Staff

Rick Perkins is taking another crack at the Conservative nomination in South Shore-St. Margaret’s, the federal riding that includes Queens County.

A business executive from Ingramport, Perkins ran for the nomination in 2015 against eventual winner Richard Clark and former Queens MLA Kerry Morash. Clark finished a distant second in the general election, losing to current MP Bernadette Jordan by more than 18,000 votes.

Perkins has picked up an endorsement from former federal cabinet minister Peter MacKay, who recently boosted Tim Houston’s successful bid for the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative leadership. In a statement on Perkins’ website, MacKay says: “There is no doubt in my mind at all that Rick is the candidate who can return South Shore-St. Margaret’s to its traditional Conservative representation from which it has benefited for 54 of the last 60 years.”

Jordan has already been confirmed as the Liberal nominee for South Shore-St. Margaret’s in the October 2019 federal election. The riding’s name is expected to change to South Nova prior to the election.