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Jamie Baillie: 'I'm fully charged and ready to go'

PC Leader Jamie Baillie walked into the boardroom Wednesday at his Halifax office to hearty applause and cheers from the 16 men and women he...

More experience but fewer options for McNeil in choosing cabinet

When Stephen McNeil picked his first cabinet almost four years ago, Nova Scotia's Liberal premier had 33 MLAs to select from. His chosen 15 included...

Baillie contemplates his future as another term in Opposition looms

Despite big gains in Tuesday's provincial election, Jamie Baillie is questioning how long he will stay on as leader of Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservatives. "I...

If public school students decided the election, Jamie Baillie would be premier

The votes are in from more than 18,000 Nova Scotia public school students who voted in a mock election today, and they've decided to hand...

A leader wins, a cabinet minister loses: How Halifax-area candidates fared

And Lisa Roberts was re-elected in Halifax Needham, which she first won in a 2016 byelection after Maureen MacDonald stepped down. Claudia Chender won another...

Stephen McNeil's Liberals hit the reset button, but it's not clear why

The Stephen McNeil Liberal government hit the reset button Thursday, but it's not clear why. The throne speech that opened the fall sitting of the...

Jamie Baillie said it would be an 'absurd injustice' to ban materials promoting LGBTQ life in Israel. (The Canadian ...

Jamie Baillie, the leader of the Progressive Conservatives, says in a letter that he supports the state of Israel and will no longer participate in...

Halifax Needham candidates all have their challenges

As the NDP candidate, Lisa Roberts could be seen as well positioned going into next week's vote because the party has held the district since...

Atlantic Opposition leaders band together to fight Supreme Court changes

Jamie Baillie. Newfoundland and Labrador PC Leader Paul Davis acknowledged the uniting of all four leaders is unusual. "It's probably unprecedented," said Davis. "It's an...

Dalhousie University defends fronting money to 'Nova Scotia's elite'

"At a time when our tuitions are going up and up and students are struggling, that's going to be a bitter pill for them to...

Halifax Needham byelection major party candidates speak out

Candidates in the provincial byelection to replace retiring MLA Maureen MacDonald have a little more than two weeks left to knock on doors in the...

Yarmouth Tories ask Jamie Baillie to end ferry criticism

Some Tories in Yarmouth, N.S., think the ship has sailed on their party's criticism of the ferry service to Maine. Charles Crosby, his brother St.

Bridgewater girl, 10, quizzes Nova Scotia Premier about autism

The McNeil government promised in May to invest an extra $3.6 million in Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention for preschool children. That same month, parents complained...

Win or lose, Liberals win in Halifax Needham byelection: Graham Steele

The premier could have called the byelection anytime after April 12, when Maureen MacDonald announced she was stepping down after eighteen years as MLA. The...

Atlantic Canadian voice should remain on Supreme Court, Stephen McNeil says

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says representation from all parts of the country, including Atlantic Canada, should still be a priority when appointing new Supreme...

Stephen McNeil says housing is Nova Scotia's biggest issue

CBC.caAs a boy, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil's family was thrown into crisis when his father died suddenly, leaving his mother to try to figure...

How the Nova Scotia government is doing, as told by Premier Stephen McNeil

(Consider that a previous government report on child care, titled "You bet I care," was followed up years later with one called "You bet we...

Halifax Needham byelection to be held Aug. 30

30. McNeil's decision makes a fall election less likely, but not impossible, since a general election call can supersede a by-election. Maureen MacDonald was MLA...

Stephen McNeil says Marilla Stephenson got no special treatment

Premier Stephen McNeil says there was nothing untoward about the way a new high-level position in the executive council office was filled. The Nova Scotia...

NDP Leader Gary Burrill must win a seat — or find a new job: Graham Steele

That also explains why Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie, who lives in Halifax, represents rock-solid Cumberland South. Every premier you can think of, going back...

Stephen McNeil lays out his Council of Federation meeting priorities

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has a few items on his to-do list when he shows up at the summer meeting of Canada's premiers in...

Calgary vigil for Taliyah Marsman, Sara Baillie draws hundreds

Organizer Jamie Shemanski said it was to say goodbye to the girl and her mother, for now. Jamie Shemanski. Organizer Jamie Shemanski said she is...

Is Nova Scotia headed to the polls this fall for a provincial election?

Are we headed to the polls this fall for a provincial election? Premier Stephen McNeil and his happy band of Liberals were sworn into office...

Nova Scotia withholds Yarmouth Cat ferry passenger numbers

That strategy is "laughable," Progressive Conservative Party Leader Jamie Baillie said. "There is not a family in Connecticut thinking about coming to Nova Scotia that's...

Nova Scotians need better notification of privacy breaches, report says

Progressive Conservative Party Leader Jamie Baillie said he's not shocked by those numbers. "It's not a surprise because it's a secret, and that's the problem,"...

Nova Scotia premier to get personal view of post-vote UK

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said he was surprised by Thursday's Brexit referendum results, but remained optimistic that a United Kingdom outside the European Union...

TV producer seeks Tory nomination in Halifax Chebucto

Throughout that time, he said he had regular conversations with Tory Leader Jamie Baillie and the party's finance critic, Tim Houston, and in them Chisholm...

Petter Blindheim denied Camp Hill bed due to federal 'bureaucratic BS,' premier says

Jamie Baillie, the Progressive Conservative leader, said talking isn't enough from McNeil. "It's disgraceful," he said. "I'm glad the premier sees the problem. He's saying...

Premier says no provincial money on the way for Sydney container terminal proposal

Premier Stephen McNeil had good news and bad news for Cape Breton when he spoke Tuesday at a Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Charlottetown vigil planned for Orlando nightclub shooting

After Orlando, time to recognize that anti-gay bigotry is not religious freedom: Neil Macdonald. "It was very, very hard not to take that personally, as...

Yarmouth ferry's CEO says Jamie Baillie's comments bad for business

The CEO of the ferry service that will soon link Nova Scotia with Maine is accusing the province's Opposition leader of destabilizing the business. In...

Premier Stephen McNeil doesn't rule out a fall Nova Scotia election

There's growing speculation Premier Stephen McNeil is poised to call a snap election. The party has balanced the provincial budget, a key election promise, but...

Opposition says doctors for all Nova Scotians is a 'broken promise'

"Mister Speaker, when we asked the Speaker about that promise that he made to the people of Nova Scotia that every family would have a...

Health-care funding model failing, Atlantic premiers agree

... care in the region. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil, Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Newfoundland and Labrador...

Nova Scotia $15 minimum wage proposal rejected by Stephen McNeil

A call by the NDP to boost Nova Scotia's minimum wage to $15 an hour over three years, is being rejected by Premier Stephen McNeil,...

Violent nursing home deaths in Nova Scotia prompt calls for change

"This is very serious," said Jamie Baillie, leader of the province's Progressive Conservative Party. "We should be requiring nursing homes to report incidents that involve...

Chase the Ace jackpots won't be capped, says Premier Stephen McNeil

"Many not-for-profit organizations are benefiting greatly," Stephen McNeil said. "It's quite the phenomenon really. Congratulations to them." McNeil says what the government is watching is...

Premier Stephen McNeil to make health-care announcement

Premier Stephen McNeil will say what his government plans to do with improving the QEII Health Sciences Centre this morning. When it released its budget...

Nova Scotia budget panned by opposition politicians

"I'm absolutely saying they've resorted to accounting trickery, to inflated investments, to rosy scenarios, to impossible projections to try and make themselves look better," said...

Nova Scotia budget will likely deliver more gain, less pain

But Premier Stephen McNeil is hinting of coming gain for all that pain. Last week, he said Tuesday's budget "will reflect the hard work that...

Unelected party leaders see drawbacks, benefits during House sitting

... NDP leader Gary Burrill will have to do until he can win a seat, either in a byelection or during the next general election.

Maureen MacDonald accomplished plenty and we need more like her, says Graham Steele

Maureen MacDonald was simply the best MLA I ever worked with. The best. There are four distinct parts to being an MLA: the legislative work,...

Denise Peterson-Rafuse, New Democrat MLA, takes leave after MS diagnosis

New NDP Leader Gary Burrill doesn't have a seat, veteran Maureen MacDonald has announced she is stepping down from politics and Denise Peterson-Rafuse has taken...

Maureen MacDonald retires from provincial politics after 18 years as MLA

After 18 years as one of the most respected MLAs in the Nova Scotia Legislature, Maureen MacDonald — a stalwart for the province's New Democratic...

Premier Stephen McNeil talks Nova Scotia budget decisions, responsibilities

In his budget bulletin released last year, Premier Stephen McNeil promised his government's spending priorities would line up with its core responsibilities, such as health...

Trump's war on political correctness redefining US race

When Joe Clark became prime minister in 1979, his wife's decision to be called by her name, Maureen McTeer, rather than Maureen Clark, was greeted...

Yarmouth ferry 'bad deal for taxpayers,' PC Leader Jamie Baillie says

The leader of Nova Scotia's Official Opposition, Jamie Baillie, says he believes taxpayers may end up footing a much larger bill for the resurrected fast...

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil reacts to federal budget

The federal Liberals announced their first budget today, and with that comes running deficits to fund investments in infrastructure, the middle class, families and municipalities...

Premier Stephen McNeil's hires highlight relationship between press and politics

You cannot understand politicians unless you understand their relationship with the press. This relationship is at the forefront now that the premier has hired —...

Jamie Baillie slams McNeil government over recent sexual assault cases

"I am very offended at the recent court decisions that we've seen," said Jamie Baillie. He commended the victims in the recent cases, saying they...