In Touch –  February 8, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting & Convention Highlights – February 3-5 in Halifax

  • 800 delegates and guests gathered at the Westin Nova Scotian including 200 for their first AGM
  • 27 MLAs and nominated candidates are introduced to the Party
  • 550 delegates attended the opening address from leader Jamie Baillie
  • 14 federal leadership candidates meet and debate for the first time
  • 350 guests hear interim national leader Rona Ambrose & NB party leader Blaine Higgs at Lunch on Saturday
  • 35 volunteers of the year are honoured by their constituencies
  • $2250 raised in Chase the Ace with the final winner Mike Salterio turning the Ace on the last card
  • $7000 raised in the Silent Auction with over 125 great items up for bid
  • Mike Salterio is given the President’s Award & Daniel MacKenzie, the Paul Levy (Youth) Award
  • A new Provincial Executive is elected including four new district vice presidents – Mark Sauveur, Gaynell Broughm, Marc Blinn and Brian Lamey

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Upcoming Local Events



Tuesday, February 21 @ 6:30 pm – Dartmouth North Paint Nite Fundraiser for candidate Melanie Russell @ Parkside Pub, 14 Highfield Park Drive Information by clicking here to register and participate or email:


Wednesday, February 22 @ 7:00 pm – Sackville Cobequid AGM @ Knights Of Columbus Hall, 252 Cobequid Road


Wednesday, February 22 @ 6:30 pm – Bedford AGM @ May Gardens Restaurant – Guest Speaker: Jamie Baillie


Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:00 pm- Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River Nomination Meeting @ Truro Fire Hall, 165 Victoria Street.  Membership deadline for voting: February 15th at 5:00


Thursday, March 9 @ TBA pm – Sackville Beaver Bank Nomination Meeting @ Springfield Lake Recreation Centre, 266 Lakeview Avenue, Middle Sackville.  Membership deadline for voting: February 23rd at 5:00 pm.

Candidate Notes

Nominations are now open and/or candidate applications are being received in the following constituencies:

Sackville Beaver Bank – Candidates: Elmer Grove, Brad Johns & Tom Margeson  – Nomination Meeting being held on March 9th

Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River – Candidates: Sondra Borden & Keltie Jones – Nomination Meeting being held March 1st

Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank – Applications being accepted until February 20th

Hammonds Plains-Lucasville – Applications being accepted until February 24th

Timberlea-Prospect – Applications being accepted until February 24th

Candidates have recently been acclaimed/elected in the following constituencies:

Cumberland North: Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin on May 2

Victoria – The Lakes: Keith Bain on May 25

Bedford: Valerie White on June 7

Kings North:  John Lohr on June 16

Pictou Centre: Pat Dunn on June 28

Pictou East: Tim Houston on June 28

Pictou West: Karla MacFarlane on June 28

Argyle-Barrington: Chris d’Entremont on June 28

Inverness: Allan MacMaster on June 28

Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley: Larry Harrison on June 28

Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg: Alfie MacLeod on July 5

Northside-Westmount: Eddie Orrell on July 5

Halifax Chebucto: John Wesley Chisholm on July 5

Halifax Needham:  Andy Arsenault on July 20

Lunenburg: Brian Pickings on July 26

Hants West: Janice Munroe Dodge on August 4

Dartmouth North: Melanie Russell on August 8

Sackville Cobequid: John Giannakos on August 8

Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage: Barbara Adams on August 25

Cumberland South: Jamie Baillie on September 16

Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie: Rob Wolf on September 16

Queens Shelburne: Kim Masland on October 3

Clayton Park West: Paul Kimball on October 7

Antigonish: Ray Mattie on November 8

Fairview Clayton Park: Paul Beasant on January 25

Kings West:  Chris Palmer on January 30th

Cape Breton Richmond: Alana Paon on February 1

Constituency Notes

January 28  – Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg AGM was held. Table officers are Brett Hanhan, president; Michelle Flynn, treasurer and Wendy MacPhail, secretary.

Special Occasions

February 7 – Happy Birthday to MLA Eddie Orrell (Northside-Westmount)

February 8 – Happy Birthday to constituency president & provincial executive member David Nurse (Lunenburg West)

February 10 – Happy Birthday to MLA Pat Dunn (Pictou Centre) and his wife Patsy on Feb 11

February 18 – Happy Birthday to regional campaign coordinator Lewis MacKay (Dartmouth North)

February 21 – Happy Birthday to MLA John Lohr (Kings North)

February 21 – Happy Birthday to nominated candidate Brian Pickings (Lunenburg)

Sympathy Notes

January 29th  – Jennifer Tanton (Dartmouth) passed away.  Condolences to her family including two sons, Ben and Nate, mother and stepfather, Louise & Jack Hallett, and grandmother Hazel Ritchie.


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2017 Annual General Meeting Highlights

Delegates and guest from every constituency of the province gathered at the Westin Hotel in Halifax for an action-packed three days of meetings, fun and renewal.

  • Read Jamie Baillie’s Keynote Address (TBA)
  • The Annual Meeting elected a new Party Executive to direct the business of the Party for the next twelve months.
  • Provincial Recognition was given with the presentation of the President’s Award to Michael Salterio (Halifax Needham) and the Paul Levy Youth Recognition in 2017 was presented to Daniel MacKenzie (Waverley-Fall River Beaver Bank)
  • Another 35 distinguished members were presented Volunteer of Year Constituency awards. (see names below)
  • Brianna Titus (Dartmouth South) was re-elected president of the Young PCs.
  • The Silent Auction and the 1st Chase the Ace raised over $9000 with constituencies and party members offering interesting items for bid. The winner of the jackpot in Chase the Ace was Mike Salterio of Halifax Needham.
  • Welcome new Provincial Executive Members: District VP’s: Brian Lamey (District 1);  Mark Sauveur (District 5);  Gaynell Broughm (District 10) and Marc Blinn (District 11).
  • Thanks to retiring Executive Committee Members: District VP’s: Robert Stephenson, Richard DeLong, Edna Lee and Alice Pickings a (see names below)

 2017 Executive of the PC Party of Nova Scotia

Table Officers

President – Tara Miller – Halifax Citadel-Sable Island

Executive Vice President – David MacGregor – Pictou East

Secretary – Penny Gilbert– Colchester Musq. Valley

Treasurer – Paul Greeley – Halifax Armdale

Vice President (Policy) – Elizabeth Smith McCrossin – Cumberland North

Vice President (Organization) – Stephen Taylor – Sackville Beaver Bank

Past President – Janet Fryday Dorey  – Chester – St. Margaret’s

District Vice Presidents 

District 1:             Brian Lamey – Glace Bay, Cape Breton Centre, Sydney-Whitney Pier

District 2:             Nelson Edge – Victoria-The Lakes, Northside-Westmount, Sydney River-Mira-Louisbourg

District 3:             Louise Campbell – Inverness, Cape Breton-Richmond, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie

District 4:             John Dunbar – Pictou Centre, Pictou West, Pictou East, Antigonish

District 5:             Mark Sauveur – Cumberland North, Cumberland South, Colchester North, Truro-Bible Hill – Millwood-Salmon River, Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley

District 6:             Paul Russell – Hants East, Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank, Sackville-Beaver Bank,  Sackville-Cobequid

District 7:             Vacant – Bedford, Hammonds Plains-Lucasville, Timberlea-Prospect, Clayton Park West, Fairview-Clayton Park

District 8:             Jim MacLean – Halifax Atlantic, Halifax Armdale, Halifax Chebucto, Halifax Needham, Halifax Citadel-Sable Island

District 9:             Larry Varin – Dartmouth North, Dartmouth East, Dartmouth South, Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour-Portland Valley,  Preston-Dartmouth, Eastern Shore

District 10:          Gaynell Broughm – Chester-St. Margaret’s, Lunenburg, Lunenburg West, Queens-Shelburne

District 11:          Marc Blinn – Argyle-Barrington, Yarmouth, Clare-Digby, Annapolis

District 12:          Martha MacQuarrie – Kings West, Kings North, Kings South, Hants West


Marlene Smith, Betty Thomas, Richard Cotton & Peter Orser

Committee Chairs:

Annual Meeting Co-Chairs: TBA

Legal & Constitution: David Nurse

4PC Operations: Cheryl Newcombe

Membership: Chris Komatycki


Women’s Caucus of Nova Scotia: Marlene Hamshaw

President of Young PC’s:  Brianna Titus

Federal VP Nova Scotia: Cameron MacKeen

PCNS Fund Chair: Gord Gamble

2 MLAs: To be appointed

Leader: Jamie Baillie

Provincial Director: Jim David (non-voting)

2017 Volunteers of the Year (TBA)

In 2016

Annapolis: Stephen Bent

Antigonish: John Dunbar

Argyle – Barrington: Marlene Smith

Cape Breton Centre: Russell Lewis

Chester – St. Margaret’s: David Bond

Clayton Park West: Marlene Hamshaw

Colchester – Musquodoboit Valley: Randy Doncaster

Colchester North: Elaine Orr

Cole Harbour – Eastern Passage: Rhonda Power

Cole Harbour – Portland Valley: Ron Cooper

Cumberland North: Wendell Landers

Cumberland South: Tom Black

Dartmouth South: Keith MacMaster

Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie: Danny Rodgers

Halifax Armdale: Patrick Milner

Halifax Citadel – Sable Island : Mark Hobbs

Hants East : Roger Olson

Kings North: Brian Chute

Kings South: Doug Symonds

Kings Wes: Chris Palmer

Lunenburg: Brian Pickings

Northside – Westmount: Sandra Young

Pictou Centre: Allan Murray

Pictou East: Joanne MacHardy

Pictou West: Margaret Haynes

Sydney River – Mira – Louisbourg: Joe Bragg

Truro – Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River: Liz Doyle

Victoria – The Lakes: Brenda Wall

Waverley – Fall River – Beaver Bank: Bernie O’Rourke

Yarmouth: Victor Amirault

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