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Ambrose Says Tories Need To Rebuild In Atlantic Canada

02/06/2016 05:46 EST | Updated 02/06/2017 05:12 EST

HALIFAX — Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says her party will be working closely with its provincial counterparts to rebuild support in Liberal-dominated Atlantic Canada.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Tories in Halifax on Saturday, Ambrose said a lot of work must be done to earn back the trust of voters after the Liberals swept the region in October's election.

Ambrose said it's an opportunity to form a unique partnership with the Tory leaders in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

"At the end of the day, Atlantic Canadians need to know that I care about their issues. They need to know that the Conservative members of Parliament, whether they are Atlantic Canadians or not, they care about Atlantic Canada,'' said Ambrose after delivering a speech at a hotel in the city's downtown.

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Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose speaks with the media following question period in Ottawa on Dec. 8, 2015. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Tories in Halifax, Ambrose said a lot of work needs to be done to earn back the trust of voters after the Liberals swept the region in October's election. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

"I think we have to learn from our mistakes and look forward and rebuild and that's exactly what we started to do this weekend by reaching out to leaders of the Conservative movement.''

Ambrose said she met with all four leaders on Saturday, something she says hasn't happened in two decades.

"It was really wonderful to sit down with the leaders of the four Atlantic Canadian provinces and listen to them about what the issues are on the ground so that I know what they are,'' said Ambrose, adding that a range of topics were discussed, such as job creation.

"I think we have to learn from our mistakes."

"We talked about working together. They have such great insight into what's happening here in Atlantic Canada and so we're going to work together to make sure that we represent Atlantic Canadian issues in Ottawa.''

Nova Scotia Tory Leader Jamie Baillie, whose party has 10 of 51 seats in the legislature, said working with his federal counterpoint "is the most constructive thing we can do.''

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Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party leader, Jamie Baillie, accompanied by his daughter, Hannah, 13, left, greets supporters after arriving at his campaign headquarters in Springhill, N.S., on Oct. 8, 2013. (Photo: Tim Krochak/Canadian Press)

"It has not happened always in the past, but I'm just very pleased that it's happening now,'' said Baillie.

The federal Conservatives will elect a new leader in May, 2017.

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