Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster

Posted at 10:53 am on March 8, 2018

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

Posted at 2:23 pm on February 8, 2018

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

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster

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.

Posted at 7:39 am on January 22, 2018

The MLA for Inverness is hoping that a bridge will be repaired to working order rather than torn down for good. The Cranton Bridge in Margaree Centre

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster

is permanently reduced to one lane, unless the bridge has to be closed because of it’s location on a flood plain.

Allan MacMaster says there is a plan to eventually replace the bridge, but there has also been some discussion of closing the old wood pier bridge, which is located close to a fire station. MacMaster says recent work to the Crowdis Bridge is good, but he wants to see more improvements to bridges in the area:
MacMaster says the old style of the bridge means that it takes a lot of damage when water levels rise, and he’d like to see a new structure built that doesn’t use wood piers for support. MacMaster adds that the bridge doesn’t need another band-aid; it should be replaced.

Posted at 10:49 am on January 8, 2018

 Inverness Conservative MLA Allan MacMaster expects health care will be a major topic of discussion in 2018.
MacMaster says federal funding support to the provinces for health has changed, and will impact the system here.
MacMaster says doctor shortages also promises to be on the radar in the months to come.
MacMaster says questions also remain about the province’s cap-and-trade system, in response to the federal government’s plans to impose carbon tax.  MacMaster says the province has indicated no one will be hurt by cap-and-trade.  MacMaster wonders how a system intended to reduce consumption will work with apparently no incentive to cut back.

Posted at 9:54 am on January 3, 2018

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster says infrastructure is one of his riding’s most important needs,  and events of the past year highlighted that.  MacMaster says there

Invernes MLA Allan MacMaster

are still a number of residents without good high speed internet, which is essential.  He says people are making decisions on where they live based on the quality of the local internet connection.

MacMaster says there were also a number of traffic delays at the Canso Causeway this summer.
MacMaster also paid tribute Waycobah residents Liam and Shane Bernard who received Nova Scotia Medals for Bravery; and the Cape Breton West Islanders for winning the national midget hockey title.
MacMaster says Inverness County also lost several great leaders in Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, Allan J. MacEachen and Gerry Doucet.

Posted at 11:44 am on December 22, 2017

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster is pleased to see several road construction projects from his riding have been included in the province’s capital plan.
MacMaster says on the list of upgrades are roads in the Mabou and West Bay areas.
MacMaster says there’s also ongoing work on the Captain’s River Bridge near Port Hood, in advance of paving this summer between Little Judique and Port Hood.
MacMaster says three gravel road sections will also get upgraded, along the East Skye Glen Road, the Lake Ainslie Chapel Road and the Whycocomagh-Port Hood Road in Roseburn.

Posted at 9:18 am on November 17, 2017

The Nova Scotia Provincial PC party is facing a leadership change after Jamie Baillie announced his resignation early this month. While no one within the party has

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formally announced a run for leadership, some have expressed interest.

That includes MLA for Inverness, Allan MacMaster. The riding is familiar with producing provincial leaders such as Rodney MacDonald in 2006-09. MacMaster says now might be his last chance to run for PC leadership:
MacMaster has been the MLA in Inverness since MacDonald stepped down in 2009.

Posted at 11:50 am on November 16, 2017

The MLA for Inverness is proud that his area is able to produce Christmas Trees, after his riding was able to send trees to Boston for the last two years. Allan

Bob and Marion Campbell of Blues Mills, Inverness County in front of the Christmas tree they donated to City of Boston.

MacMaster says that this year marks two in a row that the riding of Inverness has had the tree selected to make the one thousand kilometre trip across the border.

MacMaster says the tree cutting ceremony proved to be a great event, and he enjoyed seeing people from surrounding communities attending the event:
This year’s Boston tree came from the Campbell family in Blues Mills. The tree made it’s way to Halifax yesterday, where it will be held until a final public farewell on Friday.

Posted at 9:46 am on October 23, 2017

The MLA for Inverness is hoping that a new team put together by the transportation minister will mean fixes to the Canso Causeway. Allan MacMaster says that delays through the summer months caused by swing bridge failures resulted in delays and headaches for local motorists.
MacMaster learned during the sitting of the legislature that a team has been put together to address a number of problems with the bridge and Port Hasting rotary. MacMaster does not want to see his concern swept away:
MacMaster says new technology is being used to open and close the swing bridge, and the issues seem to resolve mostly around the new parts. MacMaster also hopes the clogging of the rotary is something the the transportation department will look at.

Posted at 10:15 am on September 27, 2017

Tuesday’s budget announcement reveals some help towards health care and pre-primary education, but one MLA is worried about new federal regulations that will

Allan MacMaster

negatively impact business owners in the Province.

PC MLA Allan MacMaster says that tax changes would be detrimental to local businesses in the Inverness area, and could force more people from the area. MacMaster says this would be a change that could negatively impact all Canadians:
Premier Stephen McNeil has expressed concerns over the federal tax proposal, and met with Minister Bill Morneau last week to express concerns. MacMaster says he hopes that the province will listen to the concerns of residents and oppose the proposed changes.