Interim PC Party Leader and Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane is busy this summer, travelling
Interim PC Leader and Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane
the province to hear the concerns of Nova Scotians. MacFarlane made a swing through Antigonish today during Highland Games Week.
MacFarlane says the number one issue with Nova Scotians is health care.
MacFarlane says she’s also excited about the party’s ongoing leadership race. MacFarlane says she’s pleased that two of the five candidates running are women. The next live leadership candidates debate will be July 12th in the riding of Argyle-Barrington.
The Nova Scotia PC Leader Jamie Baillie announced his resignation yesterday after an investigation found he breached the legislature’s workplace harassment
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane
policies. The party offered few details, but says it “does not, and will not, tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace.”
MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane will step into the interim role for the PC party who were in the midst of looking for a new leader. MacFarlane says the past month has been quite difficult:
MacFarlane says the allegations of Baillie’s actions came forward at the end of December, and the party took immediate steps to rectify the situation.
With the Legislature in it’s fourth week, MLA’s continue to find ways to improve the province, especially within the justice portfolio. Since resuming the fall session, the Nova Scotia government has narrowed the definition of cyber bullying in an attempt to pass the legislation.
The justice portfolio falls onto Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane’s lap, and she says it has been busy because of different acts that are being pushed through the house:
MacFarlane says discussion has been picking up surrounding marijuana legalization in the country as well. MacFarlane says she is hopeful that her reintroduced ‘Clean Air Act” will be able to make it’s way past a second reading this sitting.
A local MLA is hoping third time is the charm for a Clean Air Act in the Province. MLA for Pictou West, Karla MacFarlane says that a clean air act already exists in New Brunswick, and deserves to be in Nova Scotia.
MacFarlane says that fines would be issued to people or corporations who do not follow guidelines within the act. She says that she hopes more support this time around will result in the act becoming law:
MacFarlane says that Nova Scotians shouldn’t have to decide between jobs with traditional industrial emissions and clean air. MacFarlane hopes to reach a second reading sometime next week.
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says she’s excited about her new responsibilities. This week, PC Leader Jamie Baillie appointed MacFarlane Caucus Chair. MacFarlane says her appointment is a first for the party.
As caucus chair, MacFarlane is responsible for organizing the agenda of the caucus meetings, keeps the meeting on track, and ensures all MLA’s get an opportunity to speak at the session.
MacFarlane is also the party’s critic for Justice and Attorney General, as well as Military Relations.
Several local MLA’s have been appointed to key roles as PC Leader Jamie Baillie announced the Official Opposition’s critic responsibilities today.
Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn will be party’s Deputy Leader, and will be the critic for the Public Service Commission and African Nova Scotian Affairs.
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane will monitor Justice, Attorney General and Military Relations. MacFarlane will also be the caucus chair. Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster will chair the Public Accounts Committee and will be the party’s critic in Energy, Service Nova Scotia and Gaelic Affairs.
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston will sit on the Public Accounts Committee and will be the critic for Finance, the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, and Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. Richmond MLA Alana Paon will watch Business, Trade, Tourism Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Incorporated and Innovacorp.
Pictou West Conservative MLA Karla MacFarlane says it’s another example of the dire shortage of doctors in the province. MacFarlane cited the case of a Pictou man David Trites, who came home from Ontario to be closer to family while dealing with pancreas and lung problems. While Trites has been able to see a number of specialists in Nova Scotia, he can’t find a family doctor. MacFarlane says he’s scheduled to fly back to Ontario on Saturday, because he can’t wait any longer for a family doctor.
MacFarlane says there are thousands are people in Pictou County without a doctor.
MacFarlane says she lays the blame on the shortage of doctors at the feet of Premier Stephen McNeil and Health Minister Leo Glavine. She says during the last election, the Liberals promised a doctor for every Nova Scotian. She says that hasn’t materialized yet.