11/24/2013 10:55 EST | Updated 01/24/2014 05:59 EST

Brendan Maguire’s surprising journey to provincial politics

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.