Brendan Maguire’s surprising journey to provincial politics

11/24/2013 10:55 EST | Updated 01/24/2014 05:59 EST
Brendan Maguire, the newly minted Liberal Halifax Atlantic MLA, has taken an unusual path to provincial politics.

Raised by abusive alcoholic parents and abandoned on a shopping centre bench as a child, Maguire was recently elected to the Nova Scotia legislature in a riding known for high unemployment and crime.

Now a politician with an unlikely past, Maguire says he aims to reach out to those battling their own demons and help them find a different path.

Watch the video above to learn more about Maguire’s journey from the CBC’s Stephen Puddicombe.