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MacPolitics: Chris Lydon, Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair, ‘Confident Of Victory But Millennial Max Taylor “Will Do Very Well”

MacPolitics: Chris Lydon, Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair, ‘Confident Of Victory But Millennial Max Taylor “Will Do Very Well”

by Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Chris Lydon – Mayor Mike Savage’s Co-Campaign Chair – ‘Confident Of Victory – But, Max Taylor Will Do Well, Too’

With the municipal elections one day away – Saturday – the co-chair of Halifax Mayor Mike Savage’s re-election bid is confident of victory, once the ballots are counted Saturday night.

The co-chair is Chris Lydon, a long time political toiler.

“Great” is the sense that Lydon has, one day before the vote. “I think the mayor is going to do exceedingly well, as he deserves to do on election day – when the ballots are all counted”, he tells The Notebook.

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MacPolitics: A Chat With Max Taylor, Rookie Politico Who Wants To Be Mayor Of ‘Greatest City In The World’

MacPolitics: A Chat With Max Taylor, Rookie Politico Who Wants To Be Mayor Of ‘Greatest City In The World’

By Corey LeBlanc

Max Taylor doesn’t pull any punches when discussing the “privilege” of having the opportunity to cast a ballot in Saturday’s municipal election.

“It is like spitting in their faces,” the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) mayoralty candidate says of those who opt not to vote.

The ‘their’ he refers to are the people who have “sacrificed so much” to secure that right for us.

Taylor’s concern about poor voter turnout – especially in HRM – spurred his decision to throw his hat into the race.
“So many people just don’t care, but they need to care,” the 22-year-old offers, when it comes to improving voting numbers.

Taylor made that the cornerstone of his campaign, encouraging residents to “just vote,” whether it is for him or his opponents – incumbent Mike Savage or long-time HRM councilor Matt Whitman.

In his conversation with The Macdonald Notebook – on Thursday, before the October 17 municipal election – Taylor notes happily that 34 per cent of eligible voters in HRM had cast their ballots, already surpassing the 2016 turnout (30 percent).

As for his first-time candidacy, the resident of the west end of the Halifax Peninsula says “it has gone pretty well so far.”

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MacPolitics: Affordable Housing Became Hot Issue In Halifax Election, But Mayor Mike Savage Has Long Campaigned On Issue

MacPolitics: Meet Mayor Mike Savage’s Campaign Team – Political Heavy-Hitters Organize For A Third Term At Halifax City Hall

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: Can Politico Heavy-Hitters Help Re-Elect Mayor Mike Savage – Seeking a Third Term as Mayor of Halifax

As he seeks a third term as Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage is relying on a cadre of talented and skilled political electioneering heavy hitters to put him in first place in Saturday’s vote.

Representing a cross-section of political party partisans, Savage has a broad coalition of well-known Liberal, PC, and NDP backers.

Top among them would be Richie Mann, the former powerful minister in the government led by Mike Savage’s dad, John Savage.

Mann represented Cape Breton’s Richmond seat. In the 1993 election, he had the largest vote plurality of any candidate when the Savage Liberals stormed to power that year.

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MacPolitics: Inverness Airport Debate Takes Flight In Port Hawkesbury Mayoralty Race – Archie MacLaughlan Challenges Incumbent  Brenda Chisholm-Beaton & Billy Joe’s Old Boys Club Works To Defeat Town’s First Ever Woman Mayor

MacPolitics: Inverness Airport Debate Takes Flight In Port Hawkesbury Mayoralty Race – Archie MacLaughlan Challenges Incumbent Brenda Chisholm-Beaton & Billy Joe’s Old Boys Club Works To Defeat Town’s First Ever Woman Mayor

By Corey LeBlanc – Notebook’s Cape Breton Bureau Chief

PORT HAWKESBURY: Although talk of constructing an airport in Inverness is in a holding pattern, Brenda Chisholm-Beaton doesn’t think the idea has been grounded.

“It is very concerning,” the mayor of the Town of Port Hawkesbury says, adding she “expects another proposal” to come from its proponents.

Word surfaced in The Macdonald Notebook – a news scoop – on June 1st, 2019 that the owners of Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs – a pair of high-end golf courses in Inverness – were floating the prospect of an airport in Inverness to provincial and federal officials.

The project – at an estimated cost of $18-million, one shared by those levels of government – would be constructed on Crown land.

Chisholm-Beaton led opposition voices while raising concerns about how such an initiative would affect the Port Hawkesbury-owned Allan J. MacEachen Regional Airport.

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MacPolitics: Tory Janet Fryday Dorey Makes Thanksgiving Weekend Political History – Gives New Meaning To Term ‘Bagman’

MacPolitics: Tory Janet Fryday Dorey Makes Thanksgiving Weekend Political History – Gives New Meaning To Term ‘Bagman’

By Andrew Macdonald

Not only is Hubbard’s Janet Fryday Dorey now the most powerful woman in the National Tory Party – over the Holiday weekend she made Nova Scotia Political History, becoming the first bagwoman in the province’s illustrious political history of fundraising.

The fundraising role for political parties has long been dominated by men, hence the term, ‘bagman’ – but now Fryday Dorey is a ‘bagwoman’.

Over the Thanksgiving Weekend, the NS South Shore resident sought campaign donations to help newly elected federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole fight the next federal election.

My Digby based copy editor suggests the term ‘bagman’ or now in modern times ‘bagwoman’ has a negative connotation in a news product – however, I disagree with him, and use it lovingly, because in a democracy you need to have party fundraisers to keep the democracy well oiled.

NS has had many colourful bag people. The most famous was Gerald Regan supporter, turned John Buchanan ally: The late Donald Ripley.

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MacPolitics: The Liberal Contenders: Diana Whalen, Former Deputy Premier, On The Meaning Of An All Male Leadership Race

MacPolitics: The Liberal Contenders: Diana Whalen, Former Deputy Premier, On The Meaning Of An All Male Leadership Race

By Andrew Macdonald

MacPolitics: The Liberal Contenders: Diana Whalen, A Former NS Deputy Minister On The Meaning Of An All-Male Leadership Race

It’s a given the next NS premier will be a man – the three Liberal contenders vying to replace retiring Premier Stephen McNeil are all men.

Earlier on, in September it looked like two women were going to run for the race to become the next premier – but both dropped out.

Current Bedford MLA, and a cabinet minister, Kelly Regan would have been a leading front-runner had she thrown her hat into the political ring.

For the last seven years, Regan was always top of mind as a potential successor to McNeil.

Instead of running, she is now backing contender Randy Delorey.

And, Dartmouth’s Joanne Bernard mulled over a run, before withdrawing from the race, citing the $60,000 leadership entry fee.

So the successor to the premier will be a man.

Back in 1990, the tiniest province in Canada, became the first voters to put a woman in as premier: Catherine Callbeck.

There had been a woman premier in British Columbia, but that person took over the leadership of the governing party – and would go on to lose the general election.

In Canada, in 1992, Tory Kim Campell became the country’s first woman to become prime minister – again Campbell took over the governing PC party, and lost the election to Chretien when only NB’s Elsie Wayne and Quebec’s Jean Charest took Tory seats.

In Great Britan, voters there in 1979 made history by electing their first woman prime minister: Margaret Thatcher, who would govern for a decade and earn the nickname The Iron Lady, which a Russian journalist coined.

In the NS PC leadership race in 2018, the party saw two woman contender vy for leader: Amherst MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, and Chester-Skipper Hill’s Julie Chaisson.

They lost to Tim Houston, but Chaisson is now president of the NS PC party.

The last NS NDP leadership race had a woman in contention for that party, Lenore Zann, who would later become Liberal MP for Cumberland Colchester.

In the last NS Grit race in 2007, Diane Whalen came close to winning the convention, losing to Stephen McNeil by a mere 68 votes on the second ballot.

The Notebook chatted the other day with Whalen – and Part I of our 30-minute chat was published in the Monday morning edition, where she explains why she is backing contender Iain Rankin’s bid to become the next premier.

“We’re one of the last provinces not to have had a woman premier. The majority of provinces have, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, BC, and Alberta”, Whalen explains to The Notebook.

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