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Trudeau’s rival in Liberal leadership race makes stop in Halifax

In his bid to beat out Justin Trudeau as the Liberal Party of Canada’s new leader, Alex Burton took his modest campaign bus across Nova Scotia on Tuesday.

The journey was part of his cross-country promotional tour. Starting out in Sydney, the Vancouver based crown prosecutor spread his six key discussion points, including how to revitalize the economy and how to foster a just and secure society.

The president of the party’s Vancouver Kingsway riding association is quick to point out he believes Atlantic Canada is a region currently being neglected by the federal government. He cites Ottawa’s decision to axe the St. John’s Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in favour of Halifax and Trenton as an example.

“Those decision affect people’s lives,” said Burton. “When you’re inside the Ottawa bubble you forget that there are shipping and fishing industries there are dependant on those government services.”

The graduate of Dalhousie University says he’s out to change that and isn’t threatened by Justin Trudeau, the clear frontrunner of many.

“I’m not going to be distracted by shiny objects,” said Burton.