Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie announced the official Opposition shadow cabinet Wednesday.
Baillie says the new team of PC critics will work with the new cabinet where possible and hold them accountable to the people of Nova Scotia when necessary.
“We are eager to get to work,” said Baillie. “We have a great team from across the province. They have a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience to draw on.”
All three Pictou County MLAs will be critics for significant departments.
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane will be the critic for economic and rural development and tourism, environment, the Advisory Council – Status of Women and Nova Scotia Business Inc.
“I’m very excited to be able to have economic and rural development and tourism. Obviously, that’s a lot of my background being in the tourism industry for a number of years with my own business as well as working for the Department of Tourism and Culture back in the early 1990s in Portland, Maine,” MacFarlane said about the opposition appointment.
She adds that it goes hand in hand with her assignment to critic of environment. She says she wants to grow the economy, but in a way that protects the environment.
She says her assignment as critic of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women makes sense because she is the only female on the official Opposition.
Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn will be the PC caucus chair and the critic for education and early childhood development, labour and advanced education and African Nova Scotia affairs.
Dunn says he was pleased to be appointed caucus chair. He held the position in 2008 as well.
He says his other responsibilities are appropriate as well.
“They certainly fall into my past as far as my experience as an educator – a former principal and teacher,” he said, adding that he was pleased about being appointed to African Nova Scotia affairs too.
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston will be the critic for finance and treasury board.
Houston said he was excited to take on the important role.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Liberals and keeping an eye on how the province’s finances are being managed, where the money is going and how it’s being reported to the people of the province. I’m looking forward to having the ability to keep a close eye on that and make sure things are headed in the right direction.”
Baillie is the leader of the official Opposition and the PC Party of Nova Scotia. He is the critic for the Premier's Office, intergovernmental affairs and policy and priorities. Baillie will also be responsible for immigration.