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Opinion: Tim Olive: ‘Yes, Red Tories Do Still Exist’

Opinion: Tim Olive: ‘Yes, Red Tories Do Still Exist’

Opinion By Tim Olive A very interesting question was raised by Marilyn Gladu, which is indicative of the discussions now being held about the many diverse foundations that form the 'Progressive' Conservative Party of Canada. I do not use the label Conservative Party...

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Halifax Port: Opinion: MacPolitics: Kudos To Andy Fillmore, Disgrace for Geoff Regan

Halifax Port: Opinion: MacPolitics: Kudos To Andy Fillmore, Disgrace for Geoff Regan

By Andrew Macdonald

The recent illegal blockades of the Canadian National Railway, which caused container ships to bypass the Port of Halifax for four weeks, shone a dramatic light on how our Members of Parliament in Metro Halifax responded to what was a dangerous position for the local port.

The port, a $2 billion economic generator, is a lynchpin of the economies of Halifax, Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, so many port users called their Liberal MPs. From my chats with prominent port folk, only one Metro MP was actually returning calls by port stakeholders who were concerned that Halifax’s ability to move cargo was jeopardized.

The rail blockades were affecting the port’s reputation to efficiently and quickly move container boxes, and the port’s main competitor, New York, was benefiting.

Talking to various port stakeholders, many who called their Liberal MPs to express concern, I hear that only Halifax MP Andy Fillmore was actually returning calls.

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Opinion: Alison Strachan On Drinking & Driving: ‘Let’s Take A Look At The Swedish Model’

Opinion: Alison Strachan On Drinking & Driving: ‘Let’s Take A Look At The Swedish Model’

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By Alison Strachan

Whether it’s a ‘bad decision’ or full-blown alcoholism, the Nova Scotia political landscape, indeed the Canadian political landscape for as long as I can remember, has never been immune from impaired (or sometimes allegedly impaired) drivers.

In Nova Scotia, some 20-years ago or so, having an impaired driving conviction stood in the way of electability.

Ten-years ago it meant leaving the safety net of your party and sitting as an independent.

Today, we are still stagnating where we were 10 years ago.

It’s time to rethink our strategy.

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