Karla MacFarlane to run for Baillie’s Progressive Conservatives in Pictou West

July 05, 2012 at 2:59 pm

PICTOU, NS – Karla MacFarlane will run for Jamie Baillie’s Progressive Conservative Party in the constituency of Pictou West in the next provincial election.

She was officially nominated on July 5th by the over 400 members of the Progressive Conservative Party in Pictou West.

MacFarlane, 43, is the owner and operator of The Ship Hector Company Store in Pictou. She is actively involved in the community serving on committees such as the Hector Quay Society, the Ship Hector Foundation, the Pictou Lobster Carnival, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Tall Ships 2012. She has two children who are students at Dr. Thomas McCulloch Junior High and Pictou Elementary.

MacFarlane says Darrell Dexter and the NDP have taken Nova Scotia in the wrong direction.

“The NDP raised taxes to the highest levels in Canada and are forcing families to ‘bite the bullet’ and pay more for power,” she said. “I want to be part of a Jamie Baillie-led government that will make affordability a priority for power rates.”

MacFarlane says Jamie Baillie, the former President and CEO of Credit Union Atlantic, has brought strong, new leadership to the PC Party.

She says the PC Party is the clear choice to counter the unaffordable and out-of-touch NDP.

“The next election will be a choice between the unaffordable taxes and power rates of the NDP and Jamie Baillie’s people-first approach,” she said. “Darrell Dexter is cutting teachers, but only Jamie Baillie will cut MLA pensions. Darrell Dexter allows cancer surgeries to be cancelled, but only Jamie Baillie will put patients first.”

Baillie spoke at tonight’s event and said he is excited about MacFarlane’s candidacy.

“Karla is a dynamic leader who understands her community and its values,” he said. “She will be a key member of the Progressive Conservative team as we work to undo the damage done by Darrell Dexter’s unaffordable NDP policies.”

MacFarlane says she plans to spend the coming weeks and months meeting with voters to discuss their priorities.