SYDNEY, NS – Leslie MacPhee, a charity marathon runner and graduate of NSCC Pipe Trades program, officially secured the Progressive Conservative candidacy in Sydney-Whitney Pier for the next provincial election.
MacPhee said Cape Breton has been neglected by the NDP and she sought the PC nomination in an effort to bring about change that works for the region.
“As a Cape Bretoner, I feel the Dexter NDP has forgotten us. Cape Breton has been devastated by unemployment, outmigration, soaring taxes and outrageous power rates under this government,” MacPhee said. “The NDP ignored or failed to deliver on all their election promises and residents in Sydney-Whitney Pier have not forgotten.”
MacPhee said PC Party leader Jamie Baillie, a chartered accountant and former Credit Union Atlantic president, has the right skills to turn Cape Breton’s economy around.
“Only Jamie Baillie has the experience needed to kick start our struggling economy. Cape Breton will be best represented by having a PC government in Province House,” said MacPhee. “Jamie is a leader who knows how to create good jobs by lowering taxes, freezing power rates and stopping wasteful spending.”
MacPhee noted the NDP and Liberals stood side by side in letting labour disputes shut down hospitals and neither party supports Baillie’s plan to cut MLA pensions.
Baillie says he is excited to have MacPhee on the team and that her diverse educational and professional background make her a strong candidate.
“Leslie has shown through her community engagement, charity work and employment in the not-for-profit sector and skilled trades that she would be a terrific representative for the people of Sydney-Whitney Pier,” Baillie said.
MacPhee holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Studies, an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations and diplomas in both Early Childhood Education and Pipe Trades. She worked as a plumbing apprentice for TRA Plumbing and as a coordinator for the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Arthritis Society. MacPhee says she is eager to engage the constituents of Sydney-Whitney Pier, hear their concerns and represent them in Province House.
Baillie says both the NDP and the Liberals fall short in their plans to kick start Nova Scotia’s economy. The NDP raised the HST to the highest level in the country and the Liberals have not committed to lowering it.
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