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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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MacPolitics: Meet Peter MacKay, The $1 Million Man

MacPolitics: Meet Peter MacKay, The $1 Million Man

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Peter MacKay: The $1 Million Man

Updating the federal leadership file, Nova Scotia raised Peter MacKay has just raised $1 million in his quest to become the next national leader of the Conservative party.

He has done that in just six months.

In comparison, when Liberal Justin Trudeau originally ran for his party’s leadership it took him five months to raise $1 million.

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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’

Opinion

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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