In Touch

May 26, 2020


Party Events

Given the Provincial State of Emergency in Nova Scotia and to ensure a safe environment for our members, the PC Party continues to act in compliance with any provincial directives and ask that no local constituency association host any public meetings or events until further notice. 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:

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Message from Party President Julie Chaisson

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, we are taking as many precautions as we can to reduce transmission of this virus, and protect our staff, volunteers and membership.

During this time I’m inspired by the energy, resilience, and commitment of our MLA’s, Caucus and Party staff, volunteers and members who continue to work hard behind the scenes for the PC Party and for your communities. Thank you to all who have moved quickly to adapt, continuing to advance the PC Party’s work while still balancing commitments to family, friends, and yourselves.

As we adhere to the restrictions that are in place and public events have been cancelled or postponed we are working hard behind the scenes reviewing processes and testing different technologies to assist our EDA’s as they carry on. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us with words of support and encouragement, it is greatly appreciated.

At the PC Party we are fortunate that while this pandemic has forced us into a challenging new reality, we have been able to continue moving forward because of all those dedicated to our Party and to our communities.

Together we will get through this and I look forward to the day when we can once again see each other in person. Until then, please be safe and healthy as we press forward together.

Julie Chaisson, President


Scheduled Meetings

Tuesday, June 2nd 7:30pm – Colchester Musquodoboit Valley AGM by Zoom Speakers: Leader Tim Houston & President Julie Chaisson. All members are invited to participate and will receive a Zoom Meeting link by email. For more information contact president Andy Smith at 902-899-7960 or by email at


Special Occasions in May

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

May 1st Happy 70th Birthday to former MLA Guy LeBlanc (Clare)

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

May 9th Happy Birthday to constituency president & member of the Provincial Executive Todd MacDougall (Glace Bay-Dominion)

May 16th Happy Birthday to constituency president & member of the Provincial Executive David Wilkie (Halifax Armdale)

May 16th Happy 50th Anniversary to members Mike & Marilyn Lynch (Antigonish)

May 20th Happy Birthday to former leader and premier Donald Cameron(Pictou East)

May 22nd Congratulations to Shelburne PC Association VP, Tyson Ross and spouse Chana on the birth of a daughter, Ruby Mae at the IWK.

May 22nd Happy 50th Birthday to official agent for Clare PC Association Marc Boudreau

May 23rd Happy Birthday to constituency president Michael Kerman (Bedford South)

May 27th Happy Birthday to constituency president Ginny Blayney (Digby-Annapolis)

May 27th Happy Birthday to member of the Provincial Executive Betty Thomas (Dartmouth North)

May 29th Happy Birthday to Adam Rodgers (Guysborough-Tracadie)

May 29th Happy Birthday to former provincial president Jim White (Hants West)

May 31st Happy Birthday to member of the Provincial Executive Marlene Smith (Shelburne)


Sympathy Notes

May 19th Ken Mader, FCA (Halifax Chebucto) passed away. Ken was a distinguished Halifax chartered accountant and loyal party supporter over many years. In 2019 Halifax Chebucto honoured Ken as their Volunteer of the Year. Condolences to his son Frank and extended family.

May 3rd Eric Caines (Halifax Atlantic) passed away at the age of 55. Eric was a dedicated member of the Halifax Atlantic PC Association having served as treasurer and in a number of campaigns as official agent. Most recently Eric served as official agent for his friend Bruce Holland who notes: “I am honoured to pay tribute to my friend and colleague, Eric Caines, who recently passed on to the next life after a courageous battle with cancer. Eric was a true patriot of Halifax Atlantic and a leading Volunteer in so many community activities. We will miss you, Eric!” Condolences to Eric’s family including his spouse Christine, stepson Brad, his parents Cecil and Doreen Caines.

May 3rd Chesley (Ches) Janes (Cumberland North) passed away in his 92nd year in Amherst. The Party passes along condolences to his daughter, the president of the Cumberland North PC Association, Gladys (Arnot) Coish in Amherst and his two sons, Greg (Rosa) in Ottawa, ON and Derek (Sherri) in London.

May 2nd Nathan R. Kennedy (Cape Breton East) of Albert Bridge passed away at the age of 86. Condolences to his family including partner Sharon MaGee and sons Derrick (Lisa) Kennedy and Jim (Lori) Kennedy, Ronnie Kennedy, Allen Kennedy and daughter Cathy Mailman.

April 30th Kenneth Luddington (Kings West) passed away in a tragic accident at the age of 90. He was a lifelong party supporter in Kings West. Condolences to his spouse of 68 years, Olive Luddington and his sons, Jim and Glenn, his daughters, Sheri and Susan as well as his extended family. Read Ken’s full obituary here.

April 25th J. Patrick Nowlan (Annapolis Valley & British Columbia) passed away suddenly in British Columbia at the age of 89. He served in the House of Commons from 1965-1993. Our condolences to his sister Clara Jefferson (Kings South). Also to his spouse of 64 years, Cynthia, and their children, Nancy, Linda (Jim), John (Nuket), and James. “Politics was a driving force in Pat's life. He returned to Nova Scotia and successfully won his late father George's seat as the MP representing Kings Hants. Pat won eight elections in total, assisted by many devoted campaign workers, constituents and his not-so-secret power, sister Clara Jefferson. He chaired several Parliamentary Committees, and ably represented the citizens of the Valley as a Conservative MP. He served several terms on the Board of Governors of Acadia University”. Pat ran for the leadership of the federal PC party in 1976. Read the full obituary here.

April 30th Gloria Langlands (Halifax Citadel-Sable Island) passed away in Halifax at the age of 92. Gloria was former member of Halifax Citadel and a founding member of the Women’s Caucus. She was recognized for many community volunteer projects and her media activities. Read the full obituary here

April 29th George Heron (Pictou West) of Durham passed away at the age of 92. George was a dedicated an long time party worker over many decades and campaigns. He was a past president in Pictou West. He and his wife Reta were loyal contributors and regular attendees at the provincial AGM where they would never miss a session from the early morning breakfast to the Saturday night dances. Condolences to Reta and sons Graham, Wendell and their families.

April 16th Kenneth M. Isles (Cole Harbour-Dartmouth & Hants East) a very dedicated and active member of our Party passed away at the age of 90. Ken was active for many years in Hants East/West on their Executives and became active in Dartmouth South/Cole Harbour when he moved here about a year and half ago. We pass along our sincere condolences to Barbara, his spouse of 70 years, as well as his family. Ken always enjoyed coming and participating in political meetings and keeping in touch. He was a regular financial contributor to the Party as well. I have included his obituary for you to read. If anyone would like Barbara’s address to send personal condolences, please let me know and I will get back to you.

Constituency Notes of Interest

Colchester Musquodoboit Valley congratulates Lisa Martingell, winner of the “Seafood Raffle” Thanks to all who purchased tickets in support of the association.

Lunenburg West Educational Bursary $500 - Students who are members of the party or members who have family who are students, can be eligible. The student has to be a resident of South Shore St. Margaret's but the family member holding a current membership in the PC Party of NS does not have to be a resident of Lunenburg West. Contact Evelyn Snyder for an application form. email: Phone: 902-543-9375


There are many ways to support the Party with a donation today:

      1. Mail a cheque to PCNS Fund, Suite 1003 – 1660 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS B3J 1V7
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      4. Telephone (902) 429-9470
      5. Consider becoming a Monthly Donor:   Begin your monthly donation of $100  in January and your registration is covered for AGM 2020. (Tax credit of $750 annually)

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