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MacPolitics: As He Goes About Fiscally Rightsizing Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil Vows To Seek Third Historic Term

MacPolitics: As He Goes About Fiscally Rightsizing Nova Scotia, Premier Stephen McNeil Vows To Seek Third Historic Term

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Premier McNeil Vows To Seek Historic Third Term

Buried in a Robbie Burns news article in the Cape Breton Post on Jan. 25th, was a solid political declaration from Premier Stephen McNeil.

He met the Post’s Editorial Board on Jan. 25th, and he vows to seek a third historic term. The premier hints an election could be called by the summertime.

The premier, a darling of the Nova Scotia Business Community, has made it his mission to fiscally go about rightsizing the good ole Province of Nova Scotia.

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MacPolitics: Top Tory Rick Perkins Explains NDPer Denise Peterson Rafuse’s Attempt To Donate To His Campaign As An Andrew Scheer Contender

MacPolitics: Top Tory Rick Perkins Explains NDPer Denise Peterson Rafuse’s Attempt To Donate To His Campaign As An Andrew Scheer Contender

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Denise Peterson Rafuse Donated To Tory Rick Perkins Campaign – But Perkins Turned It Down

Further to reports recently in The Macdonald Notebook that former NDP Darrell Dexter cabinet minister Denise Peterson Rafuse endorsed the last fall federal run by Tory Rick Perkins, further information has been received on that file.

As I reported the other day, the NDP politico had been courting the provincial Tories in Chester-St. Margaret’s to run on the Team Tim Houston ticket.

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MacPolitics: Tim Houston’s Power Broker Tristan Mills Touts Eleanor Humphries For Tory Ticket

MacPolitics: Tim Houston’s Power Broker Tristan Mills Touts Eleanor Humphries For Tory Ticket

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Tristan Mills Touts Eleanor Humphries For Team Tim Houston

When my good friend Tim Houston rose to power two years ago, he introduced a new to politics power broker: Tristan Mills.

Without any prior Tory political involvement, Mills is now one of Houston’s most influential advisors.
He’s on the party’s executive, and is in the inner circle to Houston. His close friendship with Houston comes as a long time pal to Houston’s spouse.

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MacPolitics: Paging Peter MacKay – Where Are You?

MacPolitics: Paging Peter MacKay – Where Are You?

By Andrew Macdonald

Paging Peter MacKay: Where are you?

My request to get a fulsome 30 minute chat with Erin O’Toole the other day was quickly granted by his campaign team.

After all, during his run for the federal Tory leadership in 2017, O’Toole said to me: “The movers and shakers read you Andrew”.

And, who can quibble with my readership reach: 5,000 Unique IP reader visits to my website in the last month, alone!

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MacPolitics: Tory Leadership Aspirant Erin O’Toole Remembers When His Halifax Hydrostone Home Went For $100,000

MacPolitics: Tory Leadership Aspirant Erin O’Toole Remembers When His Halifax Hydrostone Home Went For $100,000

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Erin O’Toole Remembers When His Halifax Hydrostone Home Cost $100,000

Erin O’Toole, who has ambitions to become a Conservative prime minister, as a current contender for the party’s leadership, has strong Halifax roots.

Between 1996-2003, the now Ontario Tory MP, lived in the now trendy Hydrostone neighbourhood – at a time when he flew Sea King’s out of Shearwater.

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MacPolitics: Who Is Rebecca Grant-O’Toole?

MacPolitics: Who Is Rebecca Grant-O’Toole?

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Who is Fall River’s Rebecca Grant-O’Toole?

Tory leadership hopeful Erin O’Toole’s spouse is Rebecca Grant, who was raised in Halifax bedroom community of Fall River.

They met at a Moosehead’s hockey game at the Metro Centre, which Erin attended because it was one of their frequent military appreciation nights, and he was then a Sea King pilot out of Shearwater.

At the time, Rebecca in 2003 had been an organizer of the World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax, working closely with the one and only Fred “Billboard” MacGillivray, and Chris Larsen.

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Tory Leadership Debate: Best Lines Go To Hopeful Erin O’Toole By  A Country Mile

Tory Leadership Debate: Best Lines Go To Hopeful Erin O’Toole By A Country Mile

By Andrew Macdonald

Quote of the NS Tory AGM Goes To Erin O’Toole.

Erin O’Toole in his Halifax Tory leadership debate, gets the best line: “I am not afraid of Trudeau – I flew a Sea King!”.

He adds, “you never know” that could be his campaign motto against Justin Trudeau. “I have a shirt from my Shearwater Squadron days that says, “You can’t scare me, I fly Sea Kings – I kind of used that old joke, and it was very well received in my speech”.

That’s a reference to the often dangerous former military choppers, which were prone to crash landing while in service.

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MacPolitics: Showdown Among Chester-St. Margaret’s Tories Julie Chaisson & Danielle Barkhouse

MacPolitics: Showdown Among Chester-St. Margaret’s Tories Julie Chaisson & Danielle Barkhouse

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Showdown Between Top Tory Julie Chaisson & Municipal Politico Danielle Barkhouse

The other day, The Notebook carried a news article noting that first term Chester Municipal councilor Danielle Barkhouse has plans to seek the NS PC nod in Chester-St. Margaret’s.

But, it is quiet likely Barkhouse will have keen competition from the 2017 candidate, business person, Julie Chaisson.

Chaisson came third in a tight race in 2017, where the battle was between Liberal Hugh MacKay & then incumbent, NDPer Denise Peterson Rafuse.

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MacPolitics: NS Tory AGM: Questions Swirl Over Tim Houston’s Lack Of Policy Positions Despite An Election Looming

MacPolitics: NS Tory AGM: Questions Swirl Over Tim Houston’s Lack Of Policy Positions Despite An Election Looming

By Andrew Macdonald

Throughout the P.C. Party of Nova Scotia annual meeting over the weekend held at Halifax’s grand hotel, the Westin Nova Scotian, a slide kept appearing on the screens on either side of the podium stating ‘Your Voice/Matters’.

Those with a knowledge of grammar would look at that and ask, ‘Why is that slash there?” It isn’t grammatically correct and sends a subliminal message that was the diametric opposite of what was attempted to be expressed during the weekend.

That disconnect was an undercurrent. If you were in the halls, you would hear comments from grizzled vets saying ‘we never hear from anyone, especially the party president. Nobody communicates.” You’d also hear comments such as, ‘We were told not to go down this road during the election because ‘nobody votes there’. When we did knock on doors, we got votes. You can’t beat going door to door.”

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