Brian Mulroney to speak at political dinner in Pictou County

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – A planning committee was going over the final details on Saturday for an upcoming Conservative fundraising dinner that’s bringing former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to town.

Senator Tom McInnis is one of the members of the planning committee working on a political fundraising dinner that will bring Brian Mulroney to Pictou County in less than two weeks. 

The visit comes 30 years after Mulroney became Prime Minister, made possible by Elmer MacKay in 1983 when he gave up his Central Nova seat to ensure Mulroney would be able to run in a by-election after becoming party leader.

“He’s got quite a legacy here,” Senator Tom McInnis for Sheet Harbour said during a meeting at Rose Shaw’s New Glasgow home.

He listed the Confederation Bridge, the free trade agreement with the United States and the Pictou shipyards as things Mulroney helped with that benefited the Maritimes.

Mulroney was sworn in as Prime Minister in 1984 in his home riding in Quebec, and stayed in office until 1993.

The dinner is also meant to honour Peter MacKay.

McInnis said MacKay has done a lot for this area, listing recent roundtables in areas that will soon be part of the Central Nova riding as an example.

He said it’s part of MacKay’s efforts to get to know people and the issues that concern them.

“He’s touched every corner of Central Nova.” 

They’re expecting to attract people from across the country for the April 11 dinner at the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou campus, and are hoping to have up to 300 people attend.

McInnis said that while the $300 ticket may seem steep, it’s part of the process.

“That’s the price of democracy. No longer can you have corporate cheques. We changed that … that you can’t write a corporate cheque for good reason. It’s individual personal cheques. That’s raw democracy,” he said.

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Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College Pictou

Geographic location: Pictou County, Central Nova, Sheet Harbour New Glasgow United States Quebec

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  • Maura MacNeill
    April 06, 2014 - 18:42

    I am confused by the reference to "Progressive Conservative" fundraising. Is this the provincial party? We all know Mr. MacKay is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. In fact, his is an architect of it. Also, no mention of Mulroney's Westray legacy.

  • cold hard ditch
    April 02, 2014 - 07:20

    wouldn't it have been a good idea that you got a conservative prime minister that people respected...oh wait, there hasn't been one in so long, they all died.

  • Angus
    April 01, 2014 - 12:00

    Another April fools joke, right...haha ..Can't imagine it..

  • mel
    March 31, 2014 - 07:38

    Just what we need, more political lies told to a job straped county...pathedic and at $300 a head for someone on the worst P.M.s list ,should be free,even that's too much

  • Allan Fraser
    March 30, 2014 - 23:51

    I hope Pic.Co. remembers how Mr. Mulroney said he would " never forget Pictou County" upon winning the Central Nova seat vacated by, Elmer MacKay. That may have been the last trip he made to " The County" shortly afterwards, the car Works, Steel works and other industry found itself at the back of the line when it came to receiving federal grants and contracts. Shame on you, Mr. Mulroney. The public may have a short memory, but I`m hoping not when it comes to you