Erin O’Toole, a former federal Tory leadership aspirant:
“The movers and shakers read you, Andrew”.
Don Mills, leading Atlantic and Halifax pollster, says:
“Anyone interested in good reporting about what is happening in Nova Scotia might want to read the Macdonald Notebook, which is published on Saturdays”.
Billy Joe MacLean, leading Port Hawkesbury politico writes:
“I am really enjoying your Macdonald Notebook. You have not only captured an audience of followers, but you also have the experience of years behind you to dig out your contacts. So keep up the interesting news items”.
Layton Dorey, Halifax Southend raised, and now Toronto based Senior Vice President at Northstar Research Partners, says:
“The Macdonald Notebook provides the colour between the lines that allows news to become information. In a time when too many media organizations essentially reprint press releases, Andrew has personal conversations with the news makers. Not satisfied with simply the ‘what’, The Notebook goes further, to enlighten on the ‘why'”.
John MacDonell, a product of Nova Scotia, who later became the province’s most powerful backroom operator in the Harper Ottawa regime, says of my politico coverage:
“(Your political coverage) is awesome for political junkies like me. Good on you and kudos for excellence. You have a way of explaining things so that readers understand that those involved in partisan politics are human just like everyone else”.
Liberals like former John Savage minister Robbie Harrison, also have been appreciative of my journalism style:
“Your well crafted (journalism style) is ‘down home – high quality’ reporting – concise, informative, diverse, historically accurate, objective, humourous and pleasantly intimate”.
A Nova Scotia Judge writes about my journalism:
“Andrew, congratulations. I look forward to your new work . I am sure it will be of the highest quality and standard you have exhibited throughout your career. Journalism is becoming a dying art I am glad there are people like you who are keeping it alive”.
Noted Halifax real estate developer, Wadih Fares, who is also Honorary Consul General in the Maritimes for Lebanon reads my news copy:
“I have been reading Andrew’s stories for 15-years.I am always curious to see what he is going to write about and he is very curious himself but honest”.
“He is passionate about journalism and above all he is trustworthy”.
“We live in a very small, tight-knit community. Media has a big impact on our lives and it helps to talk to a journalist you can trust and that’s Andrew Macdonald. He is experienced, his stories are fair, balanced and very professional. That’s what good journalism is all about!!”.
Los Angeles commercial mortgage broker, and Cape Breton native Bruce Evans says:
“I am really enjoying The Macdonald Notebook – when do you sleep? Lots of insight and depth to the pieces. Well done”.
“I have subscribed to Andrew’s self owned publication since its inception a couple of years ago, it’s a great way for me to keep up on Maritime news”.
“It has an eclectic mix of political, economic and general news articles, including a few fun gossipy bits here and there. I have been an occasional contributor, usually about U.S. political events”.
“I find the publication especially interesting for some of the insights you won’t find in more traditional news sources, thanks to Andrew’s extensive network of movers and shakers“.
Prominent Chester-Halifax realtor, Piers Baker remarks:
“Andrew is a very fine writer, and has oodles of information on the local real estate scene. He is probably the most tapped in person in this part of the world”.
Betsy Macdonald, NDP caucus toiler:
“The Macdonald Notebook is not ‘He said, She said’ journalism. Instead, it’s old-fashioned story-telling”.
Halifax-Dartmouth businessman and King’s Wharf resident Alex Handyside:
“I dig because you dig. In other words, I enjoy reading your Macdonald Notebook because you are always so well-researched. You offer so much background to all your stories”.
A grade 10 student (our youngest subscriber) on Nova Scotia’s North Shore:
“I really enjoy your weekly publication.”
Victoria Hines, realtor, Royal LePage Atlantic.
“Your news is addictive”.
Mark Boudreau, director of Corporate Affairs for Loblaw Halifax:
“Andrew is quintessentially Nova Scotian. He is a tough but fair reporter–and he cares about his readers. His columns are always insightful, and with him, you always get insight that you don’t in any other business reporting in the province.”
Chris Lambie, Halifax Herald toiler and one of the foremost Halifax journalists of his time:
“Andrew, your newsletters keep getting better and better. Congratulations on carrying your energy for reporting to a platform of your own”.
Here’s how former NS PC leadership contender John Lohr describes The Notebook:
“Nova Scotia’s Political Publication”.
New Resident Of Nova Scotia & A New Notebook Subscriber: