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MacPolitics: Veteran Political Journalism Giant Al Hollingsworth: “Tim Houston Adopting Wrong Strategy To Keep His Policy Ideas Secret Until Election Time’

MacPolitics: Veteran Political Journalism Giant Al Hollingsworth: “Tim Houston Adopting Wrong Strategy To Keep His Policy Ideas Secret Until Election Time’

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Al Hollingsworth Claims Tim Houston Does Have Well Thought Out & Well Planned Election policies

The grumbling from some members of the NS PC party is that NS PC leader seems devoid of bold policy ideas on which he would base his campaign to become premier of Nova Scotia.

This is not me making this up.

In fact, recently I carried a letter to the editor written by a member of the NS PC Policy Committee, who claimed Houston was devoid of any ideas or bold policy pronouncements.

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MacPolitics: Hamm Political Aide James Mitchener To Play Key Role In PC Leader Tim Houston’s Election War Machine

MacPolitics: Hamm Political Aide James Mitchener To Play Key Role In PC Leader Tim Houston’s Election War Machine

By Andrew Macdonald

Trailing in the polls and just wrapping up his first year as NS PC leader, Tim Houston is beginning to cobble together his campaign team.

Cameron MacKeen is co-chairing the Tory election effort as talk comes Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil will call an election as soon as this upcoming summer.

Cameron is a multi-generational Tory from the province’s power bastion, the Halifax Southend – his grandfather and then a father-in-law were former NS Liuetenant-Governors.

MacKeen backed Houston’s 2018 leadership rival, Cecil Clarke, but unlike other Clarke supporters has been welcomed into the Houston tent.

Another key cog of the Houston election effort is James Mitchener, who is now handling PC election readiness efforts.

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Ontario MP Marilyn Gladu On Illegal Rail Track Blockades

Ontario MP Marilyn Gladu On Illegal Rail Track Blockades

By Andrew Macdonald

Further to my opinion piece yesterday on the illegal rail track blockades, I see on twitter Ontario MP Marilynn Gladu has the same opinion to address the cross-Canada bad public drinking supplies for Indigenous groups.

And, she also has a common-sense approach to addressing illegal blockades which for the last two weeks have shut down the Port of Halifax.

With CN Rail unable to move containerized cargo – both export and import – longshoremen in Halifax are now sitting at home – and not collecting a pay cheque.

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MacPolitics: An Upcoming Chit Chat With Tory Leadership Contender Marilyn Gladu

MacPolitics: An Upcoming Chit Chat With Tory Leadership Contender Marilyn Gladu

By Andrew Macdonald

It took less than five minutes to bank an interview phone call with Marilyn Gladu.

She will talk to The Notebook on my day off, this coming Monday on her campaign to become the next leader of the federal Conservative party.

She is an Ontario MP, a 21-year long engineer by trade.

According to some of my Tory readers, she was by far the break away leadership contender at the recent NS PC AGM, held the other weekend at the Westin Nova Scotian.

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Opinion: Who Is Running This Country: PM Trudeau Or A Band Of Illegal Protestors?

Opinion: Who Is Running This Country: PM Trudeau Or A Band Of Illegal Protestors?

By Andrew Macdonald

Opinion: Who Is Running This Country: PM Trudeau Or A band Of Illegal Protestors?

Proving once again Justin Trudeau is out of his element as a prime minister, we see it first hand here at the Port of Halifax.

Illegal protests shutting down the vital rail transportation links in this country has significantly affected the movement of goods in the Port of Halifax – and it means cargo will be going to our competition, the Port of New York.

This is not a proposition a port city like Halifax can afford to witness – it undermines the economic viability of a port economy worth $1.9 billion to the City of Halifax, the province and even the Atlantic region.

And, if the illegal protests continue under Trudeau’s watch as prime minister, container vessels will inevitably be shunted to New York – bypassing the Halifax terminal operators in the Southend & Northend.

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