© CHRISTOPHER CAMERON – THE NEWS
Charlie Parker is picking up signs today. Later he will clean out his campaign office.
After 12 years as MLA for Pictou West, Parker said he’s naturally disappointed to have lost the position and for his party’s bad fortune provincially.
“I’m a realist and I realize that’s what the people have decided,” he said. “I certainly accepted that.”
He believes the provincial trend had an affect here in Pictou County.
“Certainly there was a tide against us whether it was a red tide across the province or a blue tide here locally,” he said. “The economy was tough. There are challenges around employment and day to day making ends meet. There was some tide against us for that reason.”
It’s too soon to say whether he will run again in the future he said. For now he’s focused on picking up signs and looking for a new job.
“I’m going to take a little time my wife and I to reflect on where we’re at and what we’re going to do next.”
Looking back though he said it was a privilege to serve the people of the riding and also work provincially as a speaker of the house and most recently as Natural Resources Minister.
While he said he’s proud of what his party was able to do on a provincial level, he’s most proud of the local people he was able to help – from a family in Durham who was going to lose their family farm because the father was moving into a long term care facility to a destitute family who were so poor they were selling their furniture to feed their children.
“It’s situations like that are the greatest reward for me,” Parker said.