Conservative Party of Nova Scotia: First woman in the race

Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin is the fourth person, and the first woman, to join the leadership race of the Progressive Conservative Party (PC) of Nova Scotia.

The member for Cumberland North, elected for the first time less than a year ago, announced her candidacy and launched her campaign on Tuesday night in Amherst.

A graduate in nursing, Mrs. Smith-McCrossin, 48, is the owner of East Coast Holistic Health.

She entered the provincial legislature in the 2017 election, dislodging former Liberal MP Terry Farrell.

Three other leadership contestants

Pictou East MP Tim Houston, Kings North MP John Lohr, and Cape Breton Mayor Cecil Clarke are the other three candidates running for the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Clarke, a former member from 2001 to 2011, is the only one not currently sitting in the provincial legislature. Some voices have been raised in Cape Breton to step down as Mayor , amid fears that his campaigning is undermining his position and that the Municipality is not spending public money to help the Mayor “get on with his job”. find a new job. ”

Karla MacFarlane, MP for Pictou-Ouest, is currently the acting head of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia and Leader of the Official Opposition in the Legislative Assembly. She replaces Jamie Baillie, who resigned as head of the PC on January 24 following allegations of “inappropriate behavior”. Mr. Baillie had already announced on November 1 that he would give up his position as leader.

The date of the nomination convention has not yet been established.