In Touch

May 5, 2021


Scheduled Meetings

Monday, May 10 @ 7:00pm – Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley Virtual AGM Speaker: Leader Tim Houston - Zoom Codes will be sent to members by email

Wednesday, May 12th @ 7:00pm – Colchester North Virtual AGM – Speaker: Tim Houston - Zoom Codes will be sent to members by email

Sunday, May 16th @ 7:00pm – Argyle Virtual AGM – Speaker: Leader Tim Houston - Zoom codes will be sent to local members in Argyle

Thursday May 27th @ 7:00pm - Dartmouth South Virtual AGM Zoom Codes will be sent to members by email

Given the Provincial COVID-19 Restrictions in Nova Scotia and to ensure a safe environment for our members, the PC Party continues to act in compliance with any provincial directives.  The safest resources for you to follow guidelines are through Public Health officials.  In Nova Scotia, you can learn what measures you should be taking and see what restrictions are in place:


Party News

The Halifax Needham AGM was held on April 28th. The following Table Officers were elected:  Jackie King- President; Tim Sullivan - Vice President; John Grice – Treasurer; Wilma Verge – Secretary;  Kim Charron, Graham Hicks, Nicky Lounsbury, Irvine Carvery - Directors

April 27th  - The winner of our first 2021 50/50 Raffle is Kathryn Mahoney of Halifax Needham. The prize was $6460, 50% of the funds raised.  In addition to the grand prize win, three constituencies shared in a $1000 prize as well.  Kings West ($500); Halifax Chebucto ($300) and Pictou East($200).  A sincere thank you to all who purchased tickets.

The Digby-Annapolis AGM was held on April 25th. The following Table Officers were elected:  Paul Wear- President; Joshua Snyder - Vice President; William Adshade – Treasurer; Charles Haliburton – Secretary; Gary Theriault – Director.

The Sackville-Uniacke AGM was held on April 25th. The following Table officers are returning: David Borden, President; Sheryl Taylor, Secretary and Lisa Martingell, Treasurer. Directors:  Kayleigh Hoadley, Stephen Taylor and Regan Oliver. 

New bursary for DHS students honours Rev. Laird Stirling A new $500 bursary will be available to students at Dartmouth High School this spring. The Dartmouth North Progressive Conservative Association’s Hon. Rev. R. Laird Stirling Bursary will recognize a deserving student who contributes to their community. The Hon. Rev. R. Laird Stirling (1938-2020) was a politician, United Church Minister, and pillar of the Dartmouth North community. From 1979 to 1988, he represented the electoral district of Dartmouth North and was the first clergyman elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature.  Throughout this time, he served as cabinet minister under Premier John Buchannan. From 1989 to 1996, he was minister at Stairs Memorial United in North Dartmouth.  Rev. Stirling was committed to the youth of our community, as demonstrated by his role as past-president of the Metro Boys and Girls Club, the Rotary Club of Dartmouth and a quarter century of service with Scouts Canada.  Students interested in applying can find the application at They can also be sent a copy of the application by emailing [email protected]  This bursary is made possible through contributions from the Stirling family and the Dartmouth North PC Association. For more information, please contact president John Brannen at 902-237-3019 or by email [email protected]

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Special Occasions

May 1st - Happy Birthday to the party’s secretary and the constituency president Penny Morash (Cole Harbour-Dartmouth)

May 4th - Happy Birthday to constituency president Rhonda Vickers(Eastern Passage)

May 5th - Happy Birthday to provincial executive member Darren McFadgen (Glace Bay-Dominion)

May 9th - Happy Birthday to constituency president Todd McDougall(Glace Bay-Dominion)


Sympathy Notes

May 2nd -  Hon. Donald Cameron (Pictou East) passed away at the age of 74 after a brief illness.  Don was first elected MLA in Pictou East in 1974. He was elected leader of the Party in February 1991 and served until 1993. Our condolences the family including son David, daughters Natalie & Christine and seven grandchildren.  Leader Tim Houston expressed his condolences in this statement on May 3rd. “I am heartbroken by the death of Donald Cameron. He loved Nova Scotia and during his time in public and private life, Donnie was a man of incredible integrity. He was Nova Scotia’s 22nd premier and on the first day he sat in the Legislature as Premier, his government introduced Human Rights legislation, which included equal rights for gays and lesbians, making Nova Scotia one of the first places in North America to do so. Donnie represented Pictou East, as I do now, and he was a mentor to me in many ways. But more than that, he was a treasured friend. On behalf of the PC Caucus, I extend my heartfelt condolences to his beautiful children, extended family and many friends”.   You may read the full obituary here.  The Online Book of Condolences is now available at: .  Those who wish to offer their condolences to the family may send a private message to [email protected]

April 28thWayne Forrester (Cape Breton Centre-Whitney Pier) of Lingan passed away suddenly. Wayne was a dedicated party volunteer over many years both provincially and federally. Just recently, he and Sue were presented a Maple Leaf Award for outstanding volunteer service at the Conservative Party of Canada’s National Convention. They were one of 20 across Canada to receive this high recognition. Our sincere condolences to Sue Forrester and their son Duane.

April 26thClemm Larsen formerly of Ward’s Brook, Cumberland County passed away in Manitoba at the age of 89.  Clemm was a past constituency president and a dedicated Tory. Condolences to his family including son Kristofer Larsen (Hants East)

April 25thBetty Dignan of Halifax passed away. Condolences to her spouse of 62 years, Scott Dignan, their son David and daughter Jane.


Notes of Interest

In the constituency of Antigonish , there are four eligible candidates in nomination. Memberships must arrive at PCHQs or you may renew your membership on line by 5pm, Thursday, May 13th. Voting will take place from 8am on May 27 to 6pm on May 29th. The membership link on our website

At the close of the nomination deadline, in Guysborough-Tracadie four people have submitted a nomination package to be considered for nomination: John Garth MacDonald, Greg Morrow, Darren Parsons and Marcus Wilmott. The candidate vetting process is currently underway. 

At the close of the nomination deadline, in Hants East, three people have submitted a nomination package to be considered for nomination: John A. MacDonald, Dorinda MacIssac and Tim McDemott. The candidate vetting process is currently underway.

Candidate acclamations: Cole Harbour-Dartmouth (Karina Sanford) and in Halifax Needham (Scott Ellis)

The following candidates have been officially nominated for the next provincial election:

Annapolis: Jennifer Ehrenfeld-Poole;  Argyle: Colton LeBlanc; Bedford South: Sura Hadad; Cape Breton East: Brian Comer; Chester- St. Margaret’s: Danielle Barkhouse; Clare: Carl Deveau; Clayton Park West:Nargis DeMolitor;  Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley: Larry Harrison; Cole Harbour-Dartmouth (Karina Sanford); Cumberland North: Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin; Cumberland South: Tory Rushton; Dartmouth East:Tim Halman; Eastern Passage: Barbara Adams; Eastern Shore: Kent Smith; Fairview-Clayton Park: Nicole Mosher; Glace Bay-Dominion:John White; Halifax Needham (Scott Ellis); Hammonds Plains-Lucasville: Julie Chaisson; Hants West: Melissa Sheehy-Richard; Inverness: Allan MacMaster; Kings North: John Lohr; Kings South:Derrick Kimball; Kings West: Chris Palmer; Lunenburg: Susan Corkum-Greek; Northside-Westmount: Murray Ryan; Pictou Centre: Pat Dunn; Pictou East: Tim Houston; Pictou West: Karla MacFarlane; Preston: TBA; Queens: Kim Masland; Richmond: Trevor Boudreau; Sackville-Cobequid:Steve Craig; Sackville-Uniacke: Brad Johns; Shelburne: Nolan Young; Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River: David Ritcey; Victoria-The Lakes: Keith Bain


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