July 18, 2018 2:49 pm

Tory Rushton sworn in as 17th member of Nova Scotia’s Opposition

Tory Rushton, who recently won the byelection in Nova Scotia's Cumberland South, is sworn in at Province House on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

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Nova Scotia’s newest MLA was sworn in Wednesday morning at Province House.

Progressive Conservative Tory Rushton won the Cumberland South byelection on June 19, replacing former Nova Scotia PC leader Jamie Baillie.

Baillie represented Cumberland South for nearly eight years, but resigned in January amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

READ MORE: PC Tory Rushton wins Cumberland South byelection

Rushton has become the 17th member of the province’s official Opposition. The 39-year-old says he brings youth and a voice for the working class to the legislature.

“I’m not a doctor, I’m not a lawyer, I’m not the typical politician, if you will,” Rushton said. “I’m an industrial electrician, firefighter, so I bring maybe a different concept to the table for the PC team.”

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After his swearing-in ceremony, Rushton said one of his main goals is to encourage the younger generation to vote.

“I was brought up with my grandfather being an MLA, so I have experience within the political party. But everybody should practise their right to vote,” Rushton said.

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Rushton says he has not made a stance on whom to support for the Progressive Conservative leadership, as his focus has primarily been on winning Cumberland South.

“I’ll be at the convention, but to pick a leader as of right now, I’m not ready to do that.”

The vote for the Nova Scotia PC leadership will take place Oct. 26-27.

— With files from Sarah Ritchie.

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