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MacMaster throws support behind Tim Houston in PC leadership race

Tim Houston, addressing a full house at the Glasgow Square Theatre, on Sunday. Houston announced his candidacy for leader of the Nova Scotia PC Party on Nov. 19.
Tim Houston – FILE

Tim Houston has gained the support of another MLA in his bid to become leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.

At an event held in Port Hawkesbury on Sunday, Allan MacMaster pledged his support for Houston, making him the seventh member of the PC caucus to back Houston.

“I’ve worked with Tim for the past five years and I’ve seen the commitment and sense of urgency he brings to his role – his focus and drive are second to none,” said MacMaster. “Tim feels a strong sense of responsibility to bring forward not only the concerns but the ideas of the people he’s meeting across the province. He listens to learn.”

MacMaster has served as MLA for Inverness since winning the seat in 2009. He serves as the critic for Energy, Service Nova Scotia and Gaelic Affairs.

“Allan is one of the most thoughtful, intelligent members we have in the legislature today,” said Houston, MLA for Pictou East. “Allan is the walking definition of the term ‘salt of the earth.’ He has never, and will never, lose sight of what led him to run for office.”

MacMaster joins six other PC MLAs from ridings across the province supporting Houston’s leadership campaign: Kim Masland, Pat Dunn, Tim Halman, Larry Harrison, Brad Johns and Barb Adams.

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