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Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster explains why he walked out on recent Public Accounts Committee Meeting

During a recent meeting of the province’s Public Accounts committee,  committee chair Allan

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster

MacMaster and other members of the PC and NDP parties walked out in protest of a move by the government.

MacMaster, who serves as the MLA for Inverness, said the walkout stems from a Liberal motion to focus the committee`s agenda only on items in the Nova Scotia Auditor General reports. MacMaster said the Public Accounts committee is probably the most important committee because it traditionally allows the opposition some input in picking the witnesses that come forward to be questioned. Now, he says, the government is going to be able to control the agenda, delay topics that may be timely, and allow the government time to be able to respond to reports before they are discussed before the committee.

MacMaster said the walkout was a statement made for Nova Scotians so people would be aware.

While MacMaster said he considered resigning from the committee, but said that would mean not doing his job. He said there is a committee meeting set for this week and they will discuss and Auditor General report.

 

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Inverness MLA’s Private Member’s Bill Seeks to Allow Households to Filter out on-line Pornography

Inverness PC MLA Allan MacMaster has introduced  a bill in the provincial legislature which

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would see Internet service providers be required to filter pornography for people who do not want it coming into their homes.  The bill also stipulates pornography would be blocked from areas where children have access to free public wireless internet.

MacMaster says children and youth are constantly online without any safeguards in place, adding internet service providers have not taken an interest to protect them.

 In a news release from the PC Caucus,  Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association executive director Lucille Harper stated lessening children’s exposure to pornography is key to promoting healthy relationships and lessening sexualized violence, particularly against women.  

MacMaster stated the legislature should take every precaution to protect all youth in the province.

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Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster says work to begin on replacing Bridge at Captain’s River in Harbourview

A local MLA says some drivers in his constituency will see an end to delays.

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Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster said a temporary bridge will go up at Captain’s River in Harbourview by the fall as part of a paving project from the area through Port Hood. MacMaster said there were a lot of delays this year at the bridge with traffic being reduced to one lane. He also said an issue between the contractor and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal is resolved and there is now a plan in place to make sure there is a bridge constructed to replace the current one.

The temporary bridge will allow for two-way traffic and  ploughing.

 

 

The bridge is named for Captain John Gillis who was captain of a dredge boat and lived near the current bridge site.  MacMaster said a permanent bridge will eventually be installed at the site.

 

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Province Provides Funding to Upgrade Inverness County Community Centres

Local community centres received some help from the province this week.

Through the province, St. Michael’s Parish Hall in Margaree received $26,500 to replace windows and install new siding; Cranton Cross Road Community Centre in Margaree Centre received $50,000 for roof and heating upgrades; Societe Mi-Careme of St. Joseph du Moine is getting $31,000 for renovations; the Margaree Area Development Association will get $24,200 to develop a multi-purpose space; and the North Mountain Cultural and Recreation Association in Marble Mountain received $6000 to replace stairs and decking.

The Community Facilities Improvement Program makes improvements to existing community facilities that celebrate community, culture, and diversity.  Projects can receive up to 75 per cent of funding to a maximum of $50,000.  The next expected deadline is February 2019.

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster said his constituency received the most money of any part of the province outside of Halifax. He said local organizations are well informed and doing a great job taking advantage of funding programs to keep their buildings in good shape.

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MacMaster Endorses Tim Houston’s Candidacy for the PC Party Leadership

After considering his future path in politics for the past couple of months, Inverness MLA Allan

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MacMaster has decided he will not seek the PC Party leadership.  MacMaster says leading a party requires a tremendous amount of time, and believes the commitment needed for the job would be too great.

MacMaster says he will throw his support behind caucus colleague and Pictou East MLA Tim Houston.
MacMaster’s endorsement brings to seven the number of Conservative MLA’s backing Houston’s candidacy for the leadership.    The party will choose it’s new leader in October.
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Agriculture Department Supports Inverness Raceway

Some good news for the Inverness Raceway.  Provincial funding for the harness racing oval has been included in this year’s budget.  Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster says he asked the question during the tabling of estimates for the provincial budget, where the minister for each department reviews planned spending for the year line-by-line.
MacMaster says it’s  a welcome development for the area.
The Agriculture Department is providing one million dollars, split three ways to the three existing race tracks in the province including Inverness.  This allotment helps the tracks stage the races.
Last year, there were 23 race days at Inverness
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MacMaster Critical of Government Bill that Would Permit CBRM to Offer Land and Tax Concessions

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster is expressing concerns with a government bill that would allow the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to sell or lease land

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below market value and offer tax concessions.

  The Conservative MLA says the bill that could allow the municipality give away land and provide tax deals to a company that  would operate a port in Sydney is unfair, disappointing and sends the wrong message.
Several local municipalities are voicing opposition to the bill, including the Town and County of Antigonish, and the District of Guysborough.  They say the bill creates an unlevel playing field.
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MacMaster Doubtful Health Care Measures in Budget will Help Connect More Nova Scotians to Doctors

Inverness Conservative MLA Allan MacMaster says he was hoping to see more in the budget in health care. 
MacMaster says while there are incentives for physicans to take on new patients, he worries that measure won’t work because many fee-for-service doctors are already overloaded.
MacMaster says there’s no real answers in this budget that addresses the challenges faced by students and teachers in the classrooms.  He also says that while it has revenue projections, he worries the government hasn’t tallied up policing and Mental Health services costs that will result from the legalization of recreation marijuana this summer
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Inverness MLA questions lateness in Health Authority in paying Fire Services and Water Fees for Two Hospitals

Inverness Conservative MLA Allan MacMaster says it’s an example of confusion that still exists in the Nova Scotia Health Authority, five years after it was created.  Recently in the Legislature, MacMaster pointed out Inverness County Municipality has been waiting to be paid by the province for fire services and water fees for hospitals in Cheticamp and Inverness dating back to 2012. The total amounts to $500,000.  MacMaster says the situation has made it difficult for the municipality to obtain loans for upgrades on these buildings.
After raising the issue in the house, MacMaster says Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan promised the taxes owed would be paid
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MacMaster looking to talk to groups not comfortable with a Required Declaration for Summer Jobs Grant Application

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster says he’d like to hear from organizations not comfortable with Prime Minister Trudeau’s requirement to swear an attestation to

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eligible for a Student Employment Grant.   Organizations seeking government funding for student summer jobs must declare they respect “reproductive rights” and agree it is okay to end the life an unborn child.

MacMaster says imposing such a requirement is puzzling.
MacMaster is inviting any group that doesn’t feel comfortable making the declaration to call his office at 1-888-968-7652.  MacMaster says he intends to convey the concerns he’s gathered to both the federal and provincial governments.