PICTOU – Former cabinet minister, longtime MP and Pictou County resident Elmer MacKay has joined Cecil Clarke’s leadership campaign team in the role of honorary campaign chair.
"Cecil Clarke is a real conservative. He has the vision, experience and genuine human touch necessary to be an effective premier on day one,” says MacKay. "Cecil Clarke is the premier Nova Scotia needs.”
For his part, Clarke says he’s thrilled to benefit from MacKay’s support, wisdom and guidance.
“There’s no one in Nova Scotia with a greater Tory pedigree than Elmer MacKay,” says Clarke. “His continued commitment to public service and improving the lives of everyday Nova Scotians knows no bounds. I’m honoured to have him join our growing team.”
MacKay served as the member of parliament for Central Nova from 1971 to 1983. He gave up his seat so new party leader Brian Mulroney could enter the House of Commons. During this time, he served as senior adviser to Mulroney. He returned to Parliament in 1984 and served until 1993. He was a member in the cabinets of prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark.