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Liberal Truro Challenger Allan Kennedy’s Antigonish-Styled Six Degrees Of Separation – Jokes He Might Be Related To The Notebook!

Liberal Truro Challenger Allan Kennedy’s Antigonish-Styled Six Degrees Of Separation – Jokes He Might Be Related To The Notebook!

By Andrew Macdonald

Truro Liberal Candidate Allan Kennedy’s Antigonish Styled Six Degrees of Separation

Before I spoke to Truro Liberal byelection contestant, Allan Kennedy I did not know him – his campaign to win the Truro seat is reported elsewhere on these pages.

And, when I asked Kennedy where he was born, it became apparent that he has Six Degrees of Nova Scotia styled connections to yours truly at The Notebook.

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MacPolitics: Peter MacKay As Prime Minister Patronage King Would Name Rick Perkins To Senate

MacPolitics: Peter MacKay As Prime Minister Patronage King Would Name Rick Perkins To Senate

By Andrew Macdonald

Patronage King Peter MacKay: As PM Rick Perkins Would Become A Senator

You read it here first.

Should Peter MacKay win the Conservative leadership race, and if he were to become prime minister, it’s a guarantee that he would ‘call’ Top Tory Rick Perkins to the Senate.

With lifelong ambitions to go to the nation’s capital, Perkins would finally get his wish.

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MacPolitics: The Notebook Has Arrived On The NS Political Scene – Al Hollingsworth Invites Us On His Popular Lower Sackville Radio Show

MacPolitics: The Notebook Has Arrived On The NS Political Scene – Al Hollingsworth Invites Us On His Popular Lower Sackville Radio Show

By Andrew Macdonald

The Notebook Has Arrived on NS Political Stage: A Radio Chit Chat With Legendary 50-Year Plus NS Political Journalist Al Hollingsworth

Well a sure sign The Notebook has arrived, the other day Al Hollingsworth invited my on his popular Lower Sackville radio station morning show – 97.5 Community Radio (CIOE-FM) on the dial or on the internet at: www.communityradio.ca

Al is a 50-year Political Journalist of some note – he’s also a noted sports broadcaster, and has been inducted into the NS Sports Hall of Fame.

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NS Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab Chats On Record Setting Arrival Of Foreign Residents In Nova Scotia

NS Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab Chats On Record Setting Arrival Of Foreign Residents In Nova Scotia

By Andrew Macdonald

Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab Talks On Record Breaking Arrival Of New NS Residents

This week, NS Immigation minister Lena Metlege Diab welcomed a record setting arrival of new immigrants last year.

The province, in 2019, welcomed a record setting 7,580 new permanent residents in 2019 helping to grow the population and strengthen the province’s economy and communities.

The Notebook had a chit chat with Metlege Diab, a second generation Lebanese Haligonian – herself the product of immigrants from Lebanon.

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NS Immigration Quick Facts

NS Immigration Quick Facts

Quick Immigration Facts:

As I have reported in this edition of The Notebook, last year Nova Scotia welcomed a record settintg 7,500 new residents from foreign lands.

Here is a quick break down of those numbers, as prepared by the NS government:

– 1,150 companies are designated under the Atlantic Immigration Program from various sectors – food and hospitality, truck drivers, education, health care, computer programmers and fish and seafood are participating in the pilot, with a 60/40 split between Halifax and other areas of the province.

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NS Immigrants Wadih Fares & Colin Dodds: ‘Immigrants Don’t Take Jobs Away From ‘Local’ Nova Scotians’

NS Immigrants Wadih Fares & Colin Dodds: ‘Immigrants Don’t Take Jobs Away From ‘Local’ Nova Scotians’

By Andrew Macdonald

Back in 2017, The Notebook spoke to significant condo developer Wadih Fares, and we also chatted with Colin Dodds, the former long standing president of St. Mary’s University.

Both Fares and Dodds co-chair the Immigration Advisory Panel, established by NS Premier Stephen McNeil.

To read those two stories from Dec. 2017 and Jan. 2018, here are the weblinks to The Notebook Archives.

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MacPolitics: What Erin O’Toole Means When He Says ‘Let’s Take Back Canada’

MacPolitics: What Erin O’Toole Means When He Says ‘Let’s Take Back Canada’

By Andrew Macdonald

A Red Tory or a Blue Conservative? 

Erin O’Toole spoke with The Macdonald Notebook last weekend while attending the Nova Scotia Tory AGM, and also taking in a visit to his Fall River in-laws. This is Part 3 of Sunday’s 30-minute chat with the federal Conservative leadership hopeful on his policy platform. I ran Part 1 on Monday about his significant history once living in Halifax, and Part 2 in my Thursday edition, about his position on gay marriage and abortion.

Question: Are you a Red Tory — a Progressive Conservative — or aligned with the Canadian Alliance elements of the Conservative party, a right winger in this campaign?

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MacPolitics: Tory Erin O’Toole: ‘I’ve Always Supported Gay Marriage – Peter MacKay’s Record Is Mixed’

MacPolitics: Tory Erin O’Toole: ‘I’ve Always Supported Gay Marriage – Peter MacKay’s Record Is Mixed’

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Erin O’Toole: “I’ve always supported gay marriage – Peter MacKay’s Record Is Mixed’

I am rolling out Part II of my Sunday 30-minute chat with federal Conservative leadership hopeful, Erin O’Toole, who spent the weekend at the NS Tory AGM at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel.

I ran Part I about his significant history once living 20-years ago in Halifax, in my Monday edition of The Notebook, and that story also had him fondly remembering his Halifax Hydrostone home.

Today, we talk to O’Toole on his policy platform related to gay marriage and abortion – two issues which defined the 2019 federal vote.

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MacPolitics: Tory Tidbits From The AGM – Tim Houston’s Senior Political Staffer Overheard Saying Veteran Party Director Jim David Has To Be Shown The Door

MacPolitics: Tory Tidbits From The AGM – Tim Houston’s Senior Political Staffer Overheard Saying Veteran Party Director Jim David Has To Be Shown The Door

By Andrew Macdonald

Tory Takes from the AGM

Troubling news is reaching The Notebook that a senior political aide to NS PC leader Tim Houston was overhead saying veteran PC party provincial director Jim David had to be replaced.

In these pages over the last five years, I have always referred to David as Mr. Tory – he has been on the job for 33-years.

One of Houston’s political aides, Tyler Cameron, was overhead at a AGM hospitality suite in Halifax last weekend saying that David had to be replaced – that was Friday night.

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MacPolitics: NS PC Leader Tim Houston Gives The Cold Shoulder To Renowned Tory Organizer Janet Fryday Dorey: Her Sin: Supporting Cecil Clarke

MacPolitics: NS PC Leader Tim Houston Gives The Cold Shoulder To Renowned Tory Organizer Janet Fryday Dorey: Her Sin: Supporting Cecil Clarke

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Tim Houston Gives Cold Shoulder to Revered Tory Organizer Janet Fryday Dorey: Her Sin Supporting Leadership Rival Cecil Clarke

Multiple Tory sources, including folk close to NS PC leader Tim Houston, tell The Notebook that ever since Top Tory organizer Janet Fryday Dorey supported Cecil Clarke’s unsuccessful leadership bid, she is getting the extreme cold shoulder from Houston.

Welcome to the club, Janet – Houston goes across the province also trashing The Notebook, whether he is talking to NS Southshore Tories, or Tories in Antigonish.

Suffice to say, Houston is a tad thin skinned.

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