WESTVILLE - Pictou East Progressive Conservatives elected Brian MacLeod of Little Harbour their new president during the annual meeting held at the Westville Salvation Army Hall Monday night.
The members also elected vice-presidents: Sandy MacGregor, Dave MacGregor, Joan MacDonald and Clary MacDonald; treasurer Tara Cohoon and secretary Sharon MacDonald returned.
Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie attended the meeting along with local Pictou County candidates Tim Houston (Pictou East) Pat Dunn (Pictou Centre) and Karla MacFarlane (Pictou West). Five PC MLAs from across the province also attended.
Baillie spoke during the meeting and said its time, not just to change parties, but to truly change direction of the province.
"The other two parties do not know how to create a modern economy or get our province back on the track to prosperity," said Baillie, a chartered accountant. "We will balance the budget and stop the NDP and Liberals from passing on more debt to our children and grandchildren to pay off."
Baillie said Houston will make a great MLA and he knows how to "do the math".
Houston, also a chartered accountant told the gathering there are tremendous opportunities facing the province but that he worries they are being squandered.
He related the story of a local woman who was doing her income tax online and accidentally selected another province as her place of residence. When she entered Nova Scotia she was extremely upset to find her refund had dropped in half.
Houston stressed a PC government will lower taxes like the HST, halt wasteful spending and invest in children instead.