MacKay sees vote as a job interview

Amy Reusch
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NEW GLASGOW – Despite his stronghold in Central Nova, Conservative candidate Peter MacKay treats every election like a job interview. 

“This is a re-application for a job, an extensive one at that,” said MacKay. “It requires a lot of travel and consultation and, sure there is more to do. There will always be more to do.”

If MacKay is re-elected, this June will mark his 14th year as Central Nova’s member of parliament.  Over the years he has campaigned hard throughout Central Nova building a devoted following in Pictou County and beyond.

“I have worked very hard to have a very visible presence in the communities that I represent around Central Nova and deliver results, that’s was I was elected to do.”

Mackay said a personal approach is best when representing a community. He said growing up in Pictou County and meeting many people has given him a comfort level campaigning.

“That is definitely an advantage when it comes to representing an area like this, of course, politics is all about people.”

When MacKay decided to go enter politics there was one important person he had to tell – his father.

“I think he was the most surprised person in the world when I decided to get involved in politics, “ said MacKay.

He said his father and entire family have been very supportive of his political career over the years.

“He is a great source of support and inspiration and he continues in his own quiet way to support me and help out with campaigns,” said MacKay, adding that his mother, who has been very influential in his life, continues to remind him of the important elements of public life.

His success hasn’t come without a downside: MacKay’s private continues to make headlines.

“You have to come to accept that is part and parcel of public life that people do have an interest in what you are doing personally,” said MacKay. “Believe it or not I keep a pretty low profile when it comes to being out and around.”

“I think it takes a toll more on the people around you,” said MacKay. “It is harder on my family and loved ones if I go to the mall to pick up a screwdriver or go to the grocery store, chances are it is going to take me a lot longer than it might otherwise, because people will take any occasion to stop and share their thoughts, perhaps good or bad and again that is something you simply accept and the people that you are with have to accept that as well.”


 Peter G. MacKay

 Politician, lawyer

Resides in New Glasgow


Honourary Chairman Nova Scotia Special Olympics Winter Games


National Ambassador for Adopt A Library Literacy Program


For many years was a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County


Geographic location: Central Nova, Pictou County, NEW GLASGOW

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Recent comments

  • Scott Langille
    April 20, 2011 - 19:24

    Mr. MacKay Keep up the good work for all the Men and Women in the Canadian Arm Forces. All the best in the up coming election.I think your seat here is pretty safe. Take care.SL

  • N reddick
    April 20, 2011 - 16:28

    Peter would make a great Honest prime minister

  • tax tired
    April 20, 2011 - 09:11

    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it or creating when necessary, misdiagnosing it and then applying the wrong remedies.

  • Dennis Ryan
    April 20, 2011 - 09:00

    He May see it as a job interview, but unlike most job applicants his expenses are fully re-imbursed. His attitude to re-election is in treaing it as a job interview shows his total lack of understanding of the employment process. the only job interview he underwent was with the Central Mova Conservative party and he received a strong reference from the outgoing conservative candidate who just happened to be his father. Mr. MacKay, re-election is not a job interview, it is rather a Performance appraisal. I trust your employers, the constituents of Central Nova, come to their senses and send you a strong message that your performance and that of your government do not warrant continued employment, If they opt to send you back to Ottawa for the 7th time in 10 years, please take the hint and stay in Ottawa.

  • just thinking
    April 20, 2011 - 08:59

    great job peter .

  • Dave Fanning
    April 20, 2011 - 07:41

    It simply goes with out saying that Mr. Mackay has earned the respect and trust of Nova Scotia. This man has proven over and over that he has only the good and well being of Nova Scotia in mind and delivers. I do understand the other party’s trying to get ahead in the poles and some times that means discrediting each other, But It truly is a wast of time here, To try to discredit someone that has clearly given everything they can back to to this Province will only show the lack of honesty of the person making the claim. Good luck Peter Thank you for the constant comment to our Provence.

  • Charles M.
    April 19, 2011 - 21:45

    Mr. Mackay. You may be the MP for Central Nova but I have to say that you have also been a great ambassador for this area on a worldwide stage. Good luck.