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MacPolitics: PEI Tory Premier Dennis King Gets The Fact All Politics Is Local

MacPolitics: PEI Tory Premier Dennis King Gets The Fact All Politics Is Local

By Andrew Macdonald

Here in the Maritimes, there’s a unique game often referred to as ‘Who’s Your Fadder’ and, even today in this age of Google and social media, there’s still some truth in the game. It establishes a person’s bona fides, often their religion, family history, reliability, and connectedness within the community.

At the hospitality suites on Friday night and during his keynote speech at the NS PC annual general meeting, Prince Edward Island’s Premier Dennis King showed he is a student of this game and knows how it’s played.

Throughout the evening, people were coming up to him and establishing connections via relatives, shared hockey experiences, and other factors so critical in an environment where it’s not six degrees of separation, it’s one/sixth or smaller.

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MacPolitics: Peter MacKay & Erin O’Toole & Other Leadership Hopefuls Address NS Tory Convention

MacPolitics: Peter MacKay & Erin O’Toole & Other Leadership Hopefuls Address NS Tory Convention

By Carol Dobson

There were many buttons being pressed as five candidates vying for the leadership of the Conservative Party took to the stage on Saturday morning during the Progressive Conservative Party of NS’ annual general meeting at the Westin Nova Scotian.

It was a scripted event, with each of the five candidates given 15 minutes to strut their stuff and no questions from the assembly afterwards. At the end, the candidates were whooshed off to a media scrum session across the hall, attended by three but skipped by two.

Four of the five, Marilyn Gladhu, Rick Peterson, Rudy Husny, and Erin O’Toole peppered their speeches with references to inclusion, big tents, accepting all people, no matter their faith, sexual preferences, etc. protecting the environment – all the tropes the mainstream media has been espousing when it has tried to define the Conservative Party pre and post-Scheer.

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MacPolitics: Bill Casey Won’t Say ‘No’ To NS Legislature Political Run…But

MacPolitics: Bill Casey Won’t Say ‘No’ To NS Legislature Political Run…But

By Andrew Macdonald

During a recent chat with former Member of Parliament Bill Casey, I was keen to ask this veteran politico if he would ever run for a seat in the Nova Scotia legislature, given he’d be close to home, and is still only in his early 70s.

Casey replies: “I can’t say no…but if there is one piece of advice I give to politicians, it’s put credibility as the number one issue on what you say and do.

“Look, one time I said I was never going to run again, and that was a mistake and I did run again. It is not something that is on my mind, but I am not going to say I am not going to do it, either.”

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MacPolitics: Bill Casey Served As MP Under Three Prime Ministers, Each With Own Approach

MacPolitics: Bill Casey Served As MP Under Three Prime Ministers, Each With Own Approach

By Andrew Macdonald

Now retired politico Bill Casey served various leaders in Ottawa as a Member of Parliament from 1988 to 2015.

First elected as a Progressive Conservative MP for Cumberland Colchester in 1988, he joined the backbench of the Brian Mulroney’s government. He also was part of the Stephen Harper regime until 2007when he quit the Conservative caucus because Harper refused initially to implement the Nova Scotia Offshore Accord.

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MacPolitics: Dave Ritcey Wants To Take Truro-Bible Hill Back For Tories; Touts Long Running Community Builder Approach In Byelection Campaign

MacPolitics: Dave Ritcey Wants To Take Truro-Bible Hill Back For Tories; Touts Long Running Community Builder Approach In Byelection Campaign

By Andrew Macdonald

Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River PC contender Dave Ritcey wants to become the next MLA for the community he has lived in all his life and to bring his passion for serving to the Nova Scotia Legislature.

And, the race to succeed NDP-turned-Liberal MP Lenore Zann is one byelection to watch. It’s a vote which must be called by Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil before March 12.

Zann won the long-time Tory seat in the 2009 election when the orange wave of Darrell Dexter saw the NDP win its first Nova Scotia government..

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MacPolitics: Truro Tory Contender Dave Ritcey On Northern Pulp Closure

MacPolitics: Truro Tory Contender Dave Ritcey On Northern Pulp Closure

By Andrew Macdonald

One issue in the approaching provincial byelection in Truro could be the closure of the Northern Pulp mill and loss of 300 jobs in neighbouring Pictou County,

That mill closure, part of a $2 billion provincial forestry sector, comes after the Liberal government — with the backing of all 52 MLAs, including Tory leader Tim Houston and NDP leader Gary Burrill — endorsed setting a January 2020 deadline to stop effluent from being dumped into Boat Harbour.

In Truro, a sizeable lumber mill operates by the Irving empire, and Truro’s economy which includes selling product from its plethora of big car dealerships to forestry workers, will most certainly be negatively impacted.

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MacPolitics: Chester Municipal Politico Danielle Barkhouse To Seek Tory Nod In Chester-St. Margaret’s For Team Houston

MacPolitics: Chester Municipal Politico Danielle Barkhouse To Seek Tory Nod In Chester-St. Margaret’s For Team Houston

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Danielle Barkhouse To Seek Tory Nod in Chester-St. Margaret’s

One term Chester Municipal Politico Danielle Barkhouse is going to seek the NS PC party nod in the next provincial election.

She will likely win the nod and then square off against incument Liberal MLA Hugh MacKay.

With some political intrigue for Chester-St.Margaret’s Bay Denise Peterson Rafuse has recently announced on her social media pages she will contest the future NDP nod in that riding.

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MacPolitics: Bill Casey Compares Brian Mulroney’s Approach To Environment & Andrew Scheer’s Approach

MacPolitics: Bill Casey Compares Brian Mulroney’s Approach To Environment & Andrew Scheer’s Approach

Now retired politico Bill Casey began his political career in 1988, when he was elected as a PC MP from Cumberland Colchester.

That year, he joined the Tory Brian Mulroney government as a backbencher.

He later served under Conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, until he quit the Harper regime, over that government’s refusal to honor the Atlantic Offshore Accord, which gave immense benefits to Nova Scotia.

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MacPolitics: Remembering When Peter MacKay Quietly Backed Erin O’ Toole’s 2017 Conservative Leadership Bid

MacPolitics: Remembering When Peter MacKay Quietly Backed Erin O’ Toole’s 2017 Conservative Leadership Bid

MacPolitics: When Peter MacKay Quietly Backed Erin O’Toole

Back during the 2017 federal Conservative leadership race, I carried a news scoop in The Notebook, relying on well placed sources in Ottawa, who suggested Tory political giant, Peter MacKay had privately supported O’Toole’s run.

O’Toole came third in that race – and now is gunning for the current Conservative leadership, in a race that pits him against MacKay.

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Exclusive: Mayor Mike Savage: ‘I want to Grow The City of Halifax, But Not At The Detriment Of Rural Nova Scotia’

Exclusive: Mayor Mike Savage: ‘I want to Grow The City of Halifax, But Not At The Detriment Of Rural Nova Scotia’

Topic: Mayor Mike Savage Wants to grow Halifax – But Not At Expense of Rural Nova Scotia

On Sunday, I carried a news article in The Notebook with a headline: Tale Of Two Economies: There’s Halifax & Then There is Rural Nova Scotia.

It was a follow up article to my Saturday exclusive news article reporting the Halifax economy is firing on all factors – robust activity not seen in the city since the Post War Boom Era.

Last year, a record 8, 400 international immigrants moved to Nova Scotia – and the bulk moved to the city, while Halifax also benefited from 1,000 people in rural Nova Scotia moving to Halifax.

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