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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:14 am    Post subject: Scott Brison liberal mp Kings Hants to not run Reply with quote

( I was anticipating some retirement announcements this month but wasn't thinking Scott Brison would be one of them although he has been an mp for a very long time since 1997 . so perhaps he's ready for something different )



January 10, 2019 9:57 am Updated: January 10, 2019 10:02 am

Scott Brison resigns from federal Liberal cabinet


By Staff The Canadian Press



Treasury Board President Scott Brison makes an announcement on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 19, 2017.

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Scott Brison is resigning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s cabinet after deciding he won’t run for re-election this fall.




After 22 years representing the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, Brison says he’s ready for a change and looking forward to spending more time with his four-year-old twins.

More coming.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

his decision also means that Nova Scotia does not have a federal cabinet minister for the time being , although it does have the speaker and 4 parliamentary secretaries



for the conservatives it also opens up another rural Nova Scotia riding , with Cumberland Colchester , West Nova and now Kings Hants vacant in 2019 . Nova Scotia is looking like it has a lot more potential than 2015


if the conservatives can't win back a couple of these open seats , you gotta ask yourself when are things going to get any better out there ? as those would seem to be 3 of the more likely cpc ridings in the province as Halifax and Cape Breton have rarely elected conservatives federally
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cabinet shuffle coming Monday as Liberal MP Scott Brison steps down


Brison was first elected as a Progressive Conservative in Nova Scotia in 1997


Catharine Tunney · CBC News · Posted: Jan 10, 2019 10:10 AM ET | Last Updated: 29 minutes ago


Treasury Board President Scott Brison entered federal politics as a Progressive Conservative, but crossed the floor in 2003. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press )


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Longtime Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison says he won't run for re-election this year and is stepping down from cabinet.

Brison, who sits at the cabinet table as president of the Treasury Board of Canada, made the announcement online Thursday morning.

His departure leaves an opening in cabinet and the Prime Minister's Office says changes will be announced on Monday.

Brison spent 22 years in politics, and made history as the first openly gay federal cabinet minister.

The father of twins said he's looking forward to spending more time with his partner and children.

"They say that life begins at 50. Well, I'm 51, and I'm ready for new challenges and excited about pursuing new opportunities," he wrote in an open letter to his constituents.

"It has been the highest honour of my life to serve you as member of Parliament."


Brison first won the Kings-Hants seat in 1997 as a Progressive Conservative before crossing the floor in 2003, and has held cabinet portfolios in the Liberal governments of Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau. (He did briefly step aside as an MP so Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark could return to the House of Commons as part of his political comeback.)

"You've stuck with me through thick and thin, the good times and the tough ones. What a trip we've had together," he wrote in his letter.

"Two political parties. Seven elections. You stood with me in December 2002, when I came out … and in December 2003, when I came out again — this time as a Liberal."

Brison fought for same-sex marriage during his Progressive Conservative leadership bid — including a public spar with fellow party member Elsie Wayne — and the 2004 election.

Brison, right, and his husband, Maxime St-Pierre, married in 2007 and have twin daughters Rose and Claire. (Twitter)

He and his partner, Maxime St. Pierre, married in 2007, making Brison the first MP to wed his same-sex partner.

"The House of Commons didn't just shape my career — decisions made in that room shaped my life, including decisions that gave me the opportunity to marry the person I love and raise a family while being open and honest about who I am as a person, all while serving the people of Kings-Hants," he wrote in his letter.


Role in Norman case questioned

In recent months, he's had to dodge questions about his role in the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman affair.

Norman is accused of leaking cabinet secrets to executives at the Davie shipyard, in Levis, Que., in the run-up to the signing of a $668-million lease contract for a temporary navy supply ship.

Brison has been hammered in the House of Commons over what contacts he may have had with Irving Shipbuilding of Halifax prior to a key cabinet committee meeting at the heart of the criminal case against the former commander of the navy.


He's maintained his only engagement with Irving Shipbuilding during the period in question was being copied on a letter the company sent to four cabinet ministers extolling the virtues of their proposal.

Brison also told the House of Commons that his objection to the project related only to his job as Treasury Board president.

Brison, along with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and former Conservative defence minister Peter MacKay, are all on the Crown's witness list and could be called to testify.

The trial will not get underway until August, just before the next federal election campaign kicks off.


In an interview with The Canadian Press, he denied that his decision to quit politics is in any way related to the controversy.

"If that issue had never occurred, I would be making the same decision that I'm making now," he said.

Brison told The Canadian Press he's announcing his decision now to give his riding enough time to organize a nomination race.

"My personal view is that the prime minister and the government are best served by ministers who will be running in the next election," he said.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/scott-brison-not-seeking-reelection-1.4972761
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With 32 cabinet members up for re-election, Brison may be sole retiree

By Charlie Pinkerton. Published on Jan 10, 2019 4:12pm


President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison talks with reporters in Ottawa on March 27, 2018. iPolitics/Matthew Usherwood


Outgoing Treasury Board President Scott Brison may be the only member of this version of the Trudeau cabinet who won’t be seeking re-election this fall.

Brison announced today he would be stepping down from his cabinet role and not running for re-election in October. He’s the first of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s current ministers to renounce himself from the party’s slate of candidates.

Today, spokespeople for Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, Infrastructure Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi confirmed to iPolitics for the first time that each would be seeking re-election in the upcoming general election. They join 28 other department-leading MPs who have been announced or confirmed to be running again for their seats in Parliament this year.

The only cabinet members whom iPolitics has yet to verify as candidates in the 2019 election are Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Heritage Minister Pablo Rodríguez.

When contacted on Thursday, a member of Wilson-Raybould’s staff wouldn’t say whether she will run again, saying the minister is out of the country and could not be reached immediately.

Similarly, a spokesperson for Rodríguez could not confirm by deadline whether will run again in the fall.

When asked to confirm whether Trudeau will shuffle the MPs who hold ministerial roles, Eleanore Catenaro, the prime minister’s spokesperson, said in an email that “there will be changes to cabinet on Monday to accommodate (Brison’s) departure.”

“Obviously, this will require some changes to our cabinet, and that’s something we will be announcing on Monday,” Trudeau confirmed to reporters in Kamloops, B.C. He didn’t say anything about the scope of the changes.

Trudeau and the reformed version of his cabinet will hold a retreat in Sherbrooke, Que., from Jan. 16 to 18.

In an open letter on his Facebook page on Thursday, Brison announced his departure from politics.

The MP who has served under two parties through seven elections said he’s stepping down to spend more time with his family. He and his husband are parents to twin daughters.

Brison said his decision has nothing to do with the trial of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.

Brison had faced scrutiny in recent months about his ties to an ongoing controversy involving Norman, the military’s second-in-command.

Norman is accused of leaking cabinet secrets to executives at the Davie shipyard in Levis, Que., prior to the signing of a $668-million lease contract for a temporary navy supply ship.

Brison has repeatedly been asked in the Commons whether he was in contact with Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax before a key cabinet meeting, currently at the centre of Norman’s criminal case, was held.

The trial is supposed to start in August. Brison has said his only connection to the matter is being copied on a letter Irving Shipyard sent four cabinet ministers about their own proposal.

The last time Trudeau shuffled his cabinet was in July. He promoted five MPs to ministerial positions and rearranged another six ministers’ responsibilities.


https://ipolitics.ca/2019/01/10/with-32-cabinet-members-up-for-re-election-brison-may-be-sole-retiree/
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Feels very right': Liberal Scott Brison resigns from cabinet, not running in 2019


Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 9:55AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:08PM EST

OTTAWA – After 22 years as a member of Parliament, Scott Brison is resigning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet and will not be seeking re-election this fall.

Brison, who was president of the Treasury Board and MP for Kings-Hants, has informed Trudeau of his decision and said he will help with the transition for whichever Liberal—likely someone who intends to run again— that takes his ministerial role.

It is not immediately clear whether Brison intends to remain the MP for the riding up to the end of this term, or whether he’ll resign his seat in the near future.


Brison's departure has triggered a Monday cabinet shuffle to fill his ministerial vacancy, but it’s possible the prime minister will make other adjustments to his front bench at that time.

"I want to recognize the extraordinary service that Scott Brison has offered to Canadians for 22 years as a member of Parliament, as a minister in multiple governments, and as someone who has every day dedicated himself to this country, to his community, and to building a better future for all," Trudeau told reporters in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday.

In an earlier tweet, Trudeau thanked Brison for being a "tireless champion for the people of Nova Scotia and for Canada," and called him "one of the friendliest people you will ever meet in this business."

In an interview with CTV News, Brison said "this feels very right" to him, and that he's given it his all.

"In an election year he and the government and Canadians in my view, are better served by ministers who will be candidates in the next election, with their loins girded for battle. And I did not necessarily want to be a lame duck Treasury Board President in a cabinet leading up to an election," he said. "I am walking off the field with my head held high."

Brison said he informed Trudeau around Christmas, and has no regrets about his decision.

In a video posted to social media announcing his resignation from cabinet, Brison said it was a "great honour" to represent his community, but is now ready to leave federal politics. He said he is proud of what the government has accomplished under Trudeau.

First elected in June 1997 as a Progressive Conservative, Brison "came out" for the second time in his life, this time as a Liberal when he crossed the floor to the Liberals shortly after the PC's merged with the Canadian Alliance in 2003.

Prior to his floor-crossing, Brison sought the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 2003. Brison served as minister of public works and government services under Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, and for some time was the party's finance critic.

Before entering public office, Brison worked as an entrepreneur and investment banker. At Dalhousie University he earned the nickname "fridge magnate," after starting an appliance-renting business as a student.

As Treasury Board president, Brison had a hand in many files across departments, and sat on several high-level cabinet committees, including as a member on the Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications, which tracks progress on the government's priorities.

This fall, Brison faced questions over his ties to Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding, in relation to suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's ongoing trial for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets related to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.

Norman's lawyers have accused Brison in court filings of acting inappropriately by leading an effort to end a multi-million contract with Davie for an interim naval support ship, and as The Canadian Press has reported, are planning to make him a key witness in the coming summer trial. Brison has denied any wrongdoing and has defended his involvement in the House of Commons, saying his effort to end the Davie deal was out of concern for the public purse, as the minister in charge.


Brison said that this case had "absolutely no bearing" on his decision to leave federal politics.

In Trudeau's latest cabinet shuffle in July, Brison also took on the digital government portfolio.

Now, he says he wants to spend more time with his family.

First openly gay federal minister

Brison said he and his family took stock over the holidays and made the decision together, based on three main reasons: he’s served seven terms, was ready for a change, and wants to spend more time with his family.

"They say life begins at 50, well I’m 51 and ready for new challenges," Brison said in his video message.

Brison and his husband Maxime St. Pierre are fathers to twin girls Rose and Claire, who are four years old.

He said for the early part of his life he didn't know that it would be possible for him to have children, and now that he has a young family he doesn't want to miss the important moments as they grow up.

"Some people have children easily, some people do so accidentally, neither of those options were available to Max and me, and we had to do a lot to start a family," Brison said.

On Thursday, Trudeau said that he understands the "difficult challenge" of finding time to spend with a young family with the demands of political life, and that while Brison will be missed, he respects his decision to go.

The Nova Scotian was the first openly gay federal cabinet minister, and made history again when he married his husband, something that just became legal during his lifetime.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna applauded Brison, saying that being openly gay in political life when Brison was first appointed to cabinet "took a lot of courage."

"The House of Commons didn’t just shape my career – decisions made in that room shaped my life," Brison said in an open letter to his constituents. "Including decisions that gave me the opportunity to marry the person I love, and raise a family while being open and honest about who I am as a person."

Brison said Canada is one of the only places in the world that a life like this is possible, and thanked his community and volunteers for their support.

Colleagues, counterparts react

Brison was a key figure for the Liberals in Atlantic Canada, where the party won every seat in the 2015 federal election.

Fellow east coast MP and Liberal cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc thanked Brison for his contribution and wished he and his family the best in their next chapter.

"It's been a privilege to be your colleague and friend for nearly two decades," LeBlanc tweeted.

"When I was first elected, Minister Brison helped champion an idea for the GOC to adopt Name Blind recruitment as a measure to build a more inclusive workforce," tweeted Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

For some politicians across the aisle, this news caught them by surprise.

"What?????" Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell tweeted.

"I had the honour of tangling with Scott Brison in the House many times. He is a class act. He has served the country with honour," tweeted NDP MP Charlie Angus.

Fellow Nova Scotian and former Tory MP Peter MacKay, who also left politics to spend time with his family, applauded Brison's decision.

"More family time with your young girls at home is a genuine calling," MacKay tweeted.


https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/feels-very-right-liberal-scott-brison-resigns-from-cabinet-not-running-in-2019-1.4247949
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A skunky politician who won't be missed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( an interesting look at the looming race for the soon to be vacant Kings Hants riding )

Brison’s Nova Scotia riding ‘difficult’ for Liberals to hold: ex-Grit minister Thibault

By Samantha Wright Allen Jan. 30, 2019


Conservative Martha MacQuarrie is the only named candidate in the race, with the Liberals setting an April timeline for finding Scott Brison’s ballot successor.


Former Treasury Board president Scott Brison resigned from cabinet earlier this month and gave notice he wouldn’t be running in this fall's general election, making his riding one to watch in Atlantic Canada, politicos say. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade


With seven-time MP Scott Brison out of the picture in Kings-Hants, N.S., this fall, the riding is “one to watch” in Atlantic Canada and a “difficult” win for the Liberals, says a former Chrétien-era cabinet minister.

A well-liked representative for the riding north of Halifax, Mr. Brison’s longevity was a credit to his personal popularity, said Robert Thibault, a federal fisheries minister in Jean Chrétien’s Liberal government who represented the riding west of Kings-Hants from 2000 to 2008.

“It’s certainly one to watch. It’s one of the more difficult holds for the Liberal Party,” said Mr. Thibault. “I don’t think you can look at it as an easy Liberal win. A lot is going to depend on who the candidate is.”

With such a strong incumbent out of the mix, who was well liked across party lines, people are now looking at Kings-Hants “as a race in a way that they haven’t in a really long time,” agreed Acadia University associate professor Erin Crandall. It’s shaping up to be “very competitive,” she said.

Martha MacQuarrie is the Conservative candidate for Kings-Hants, N.S. Photograph courtesy of Martha MacQuarrie campaign

The Conservatives have the riding’s only declared candidate in Martha MacQuarrie, a local businesswoman and constituency office manager for Kings North Progressive Conservative MLA John Lohr, whom observers said was likely well known in her community and in Tory circles, but not elsewhere. The NDP delayed its nomination meeting and is now aiming for March, said the party’s riding association president Hugh Curry, who carried the party’s banner in 2015. Liberal riding association chairman Burnell Lyons said the party is expecting to name its candidate “sometime in April.”

Kings-Hants is seen as a historically “small-c” conservative riding whose population and demographics are shifting. Wolfville, home to Acadia University, is a progressive pocket in an otherwise largely rural riding that folds in four provincial ridings in its borders.

A successful Liberal candidate will likely have to straddle that line like Mr. Brison, who started his federal career in 1997 as a Progressive Conservative but crossed the floor to the Grits in 2003. He famously said “the party left me, I didn’t leave the party,” noted Mr. Curry, helping keep some of his blue supporters. He also “let people think that he was a Red Tory,” said Peter Harrison, acting campaign chair for Ms. MacQuarrie.

To Mr. Thibault, he was Chrétien-type Liberal: fiscally conservative, but socially liberal.


“If we get that kind of candidate again, and [are] able to articulate his or her position, well then, anything’s possible,” said Mr. Thibault.

Seeing a popular veteran MP drop out of the race makes a “huge difference” agreed Mr. Harrison, who said he’s less concerned about who the Liberal candidate will be, and more about whether Mr. Brison’s “machine is going to run the campaign.”

Mr. Brison’s Facebook page has 21,000 likes, and the federal Liberals work closely with their provincial counterparts, which can give a leg-up, noted John Trites, president of the Conservative riding association.

The Liberal Party is “far more integrated” and therefore has “a lot more horsepower,” added Mr. Trites, so the Conservatives know, regardless the candidate, they’re still facing a tough fight.

“They can stand up a slab of meat and there’s a really good chance that the individual could do okay,” Mr. Trites said with a laugh. “I think it’s a horse race. We’re not taking anything for granted, that’s for sure.”

In the past, the party has seen “a lot of high-powered help,” said Mr. Trites, and he doesn’t see that dropping off now that the party sees “an opportunity to win—there’s blood in the water, the sharks are swirling,” he said with a laugh. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.) is slated for a campaign-style stop in February.

But the Conservatives think the 2011 election—when their candidate came within 1,000 votes—showed the riding was winnable even with Mr. Brison as a contender. The 2015 rout, where the former cabinet minister dominated with 70.7 per cent of the vote, was an anti-Stephen Harper sentiment rather than a testament to the Liberals’ strength in the area, Mr. Trites said.

The Liberal riding association met last week to discuss next steps, said Mr. Lyons, and has heard from “a good variety” of people expressing interest in the days following Mr. Brison’s Jan. 10 resignation as Treasury Board president. Judging by those who have come forward, Mr. Lyons said he expects the next candidate will have name recognition, a “very important” factor in a campaign.

Ms. MacQuarrie has been door-knocking since her nomination in the summer of 2018. Since Mr. Brison’s announcement, she said she’s still hearing the same “time for change” rhetoric from residents and small business owners who aren’t happy with the Liberals’ income and carbon tax initiatives.

“Really my focus is to just stay on the doorsteps and try and meet as many people as I possibly can,” she said. “Getting out there and listening and hearing what the interests and concerns are… that for me hasn’t changed and that’s my strategy going forward—get out there.”

The NDP was supposed to have a nomination meeting Jan. 27, but it’s been postponed, Mr. Curry said, because the federal party needed more time for vetting.

That might be a good thing, as he said there have been more nibbles for the NDP nod, and judging by the calibre of candidates (he declined to give names) he thinks the party “can make inroads” in what has traditionally been a two-horse race with them out of the mix.


“It just got a lot more interesting,” he said of Mr. Brison’s departure.

To many, it’s still an open question whether Mr. Brison’s repeated success was more about the man than the party.

It’s also not clear to Prof. Crandall to what extent he “built the Liberal brand in the constituency,” though she said the Grits are clearly better off for having him.

“Whatever the results [in October], it will tell a story not just of the political parties in 2019, but also about Brison’s legacy,” she said.

https://www.hilltimes.com/2019/01/30/kings-hants-difficult-liberals-hold-former-grit-mp/185815
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( Brison is resigning his seat much sooner than expected and leaving the commons in the next few days )


Liberal MP Scott Brison announces resignation from the Commons



Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

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Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:26PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:51PM EST

OTTAWA – Longtime Liberal MP and former cabinet minister Scott Brison has announced that he will be resigning his seat, effective Feb. 10.

On Wednesday, Brison delivered what is considered his farewell address in the House of Commons, nearly 22 years after he first was elected.


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MP Scott Brison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Monday, Feb.13, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

During his remarks he reflected on the importance and impact that Parliament can have in the lives of people, and on his experience to serve in government and opposition.

"Yes, I have enjoyed my time on the front benches, but let me tell you all there is no such thing as a bad seat in the House of Commons," Brison said. "Don't ever take for granted the honour of being entrusted by Canadians to forge the future of this country, in this place, to improve the lives of people and to make a difference."

Last month, Brison announced he was resigning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet because he would not be seeking re-election this fall. Brison's departure from the Treasury Board President post triggered a cabinet shuffle to fill his vacancy.

It was unclear at that time whether Brison intended to remain the MP for the riding of Kings-Hants, N.S., up to the end of this term, or whether he'd be resigning early. There will not be a byelection to fill his seat, meaning it’ll stay open until the October federal election.

At the time, Brison cited wanting to spend more time with family and being ready for "new challenges."

Brison was Canada’s first openly gay federal cabinet minister. He and his husband, Maxime St. Pierre, are fathers to twin girls Rose and Claire, who are four years old.

Brison's speech on Wednesday was followed by tributes from his colleagues.

First elected in June 1997 as a Progressive Conservative, Brison crossed the floor to the Liberals shortly after the PCs merged with the Canadian Alliance in 2003.

Prior to his floor-crossing, Brison sought the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in 2003. Brison served as minister of public works and government services under Liberal prime minister Paul Martin, and for some time was the party's finance critic.

Before entering public office, Brison worked as an entrepreneur and investment banker. At Dalhousie University he earned the nickname "fridge magnate," after starting an appliance-renting business as a student.

This fall, Brison faced questions over his ties to Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding, in relation to suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman's ongoing trial for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets related to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.

Norman's lawyers have accused Brison in court filings of acting inappropriately by leading an effort to end a multi-million dollar contract with Davie for an interim naval support ship, and as The Canadian Press has reported, are planning to make him a key witness in the coming summer trial. Brison has denied any wrongdoing and has said that this case had "absolutely no bearing" on his decision to leave federal politics.


https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/liberal-mp-scott-brison-announces-resignation-from-the-commons-1.4285515
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( Scott Brison has quickly landed a high paying position with a major bank , days after resigning as MP )


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02/14/2019 10:32 EST | Updated 1 hour ago


Scott Brison Joins BMO Capital Markets Days After Resigning As MP

The former Treasury Board president stepped down from cabinet in January.



TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal has hired former Liberal cabinet minister Scott Brison as its vice-chair of investment and corporate banking.

BMO says the longtime politician's tenure in the federal government, his knowledge of global economic issues and private sector experience will be an asset for its capital markets division.

Brison will be based in Toronto and his primary responsibilities will include client coverage and business development.

He resigned from cabinet in January and stepped down as a member of parliament on Feb. 10 after representing the Nova Scotia riding of King-Hants for 22 years.

In announcing his departure from politics, Brison said he wanted to spend more time with his husband and their four-year-old twins.

He made history as Canada's first openly gay cabinet minister and as the first federal politician to marry his same-sex partner.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/02/14/scott-brison-bmo_a_23669650/
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Andrew Scheer aims to regain Kings-Hants riding for Conservatives, campaigns at town hall meeting in Windsor


Carole Morris-Underhill (carole.morris-underhill@hantsjournal.ca)

Published: Feb 13 at 10:37 p.m.
Updated: Feb 14 at 7:42 a.m.



Eric and Brenda Meisner, of Somerset, meet with Martha MacQuarrie, the 2019 Conservative candidate for Kings-Hants, following a town hall meeting in Windsor featuring Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer.



WINDSOR, N.S. — The federal Conservative leader has set his sights on returning the Kings-Hants riding back to blue.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, PC Member of Parliament for the riding of Regina-Qu’Apelle, visited Windsor Feb. 13 for a quick town-hall style meeting hosted by the Kings-Hants Conservative Association at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 9.


About 120 citizens attended the event, plus more than two dozen various Conservative staffers and volunteers. It was noted numbers were down due to the snowstorm.

Scheer, who visited the provincial Progressive Conservative caucus earlier in the day, addressed a number of issues at the meeting, ranging from relations with China to what the Tories will do for veterans.

On his way to catch a flight, Scheer told the Valley-Journal Advertiser he was optimistic that Martha MacQuarrie, Conservative Party of Canada’s Kings-Hants candidate for the 2019 federal election, will return the riding to its longtime Conservative roots.

“Obviously this seat has a tradition of being Conservative and Scott Brison held it for the last few years so we really believe that this is an opportunity for people to see that it’s the Conservative Party that actually has a vision for Atlantic Canada, that has policies that will speak to making life more affordable, helping people get ahead in this area,” said Scheer. “We’ve got a great candidate so I was always optimistic that we would be able to get this seat back and now I’m even more so.”

Brison officially retired from politics on Feb. 10 after 22 years in the spotlight. The Cheverie born and raised politician was first elected in 1997 under the Conservative banner. He came out as gay in December 2002, and crossed the floor to become a Liberal in 2003. Voters stuck beside him regardless of his political affiliation and returned him to office seven times. He was the country's first openly gay cabinet minister.

In the last federal election, in 2015, the Liberals took all 32 ridings in Atlantic Canada.



Dartmouth-Cole Harbour CPC candidate Rev. Jason Cole, left, brought his family to the town hall meeting in Windsor Feb. 13 that featured Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer as the guest speaker. Pictured next to Scheer are two of Cole’s children, Maria and Isaiah. - Carole Morris-Underhill


Heading into the 2019 election, Scheer says he is optimistic that Canadians will want change. As such, he plans to return to the province to meet with more voters, especially in ridings like Kings-Hants.


“I wish I could come back to Nova Scotia all the time. I truly love it here,” he said, noting that he always tries to visit regions outside of Halifax whenever he’s in the province.

There was a line up to meet Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer following a town hall meeting Feb. 13.

“I can assure you I will be back in Kings-Hants, in some of the different regions within Nova Scotia, several times before the next election,” he said.

The riding of Kings-Hants has long been considered a Conservative riding. Pat Nowlan held the seat from 1968 to 1993. Liberal John Murphy took charge for one term – 1993 to 1997, before Scott Brison was elected that same year. Brison gave up his seat to Joe Clark, the newly elected party leader, in a by-election so that he would have a seat in Parliament. Two months later, Brison was re-elected for the riding (Clark was elected MP for Calgary Centre) and continued to hold the seat until 2003 when he crossed the floor. The riding has been red ever since.

Scheer said he’s hearing voters are hungry for change.

“More and more people are telling me that they feel that the Liberal government is taking their vote for granted and my message to people in this area is that a Conservative government will make sure that Atlantic Canadians have a real voice in government, in Ottawa, making sure that we’re delivering on the needs of people in this region,” he said.

MacQuarrie said she was pleased to have had the party leader make an appearance.

“I think it’s very important for all Canadians across the country to be able to have the ear of the future prime minister so he can listen and hear what the concerns are of the people in Kings-Hants and he can take those back to Ottawa and put some action to those words,” said MacQuarrie, who is running for the party for the first time.

MacQuarrie is quite familiar with campaigning. She began volunteering with the federal and provincial Conservative parties more than 20 years ago.

MacQuarrie said Scheer “is a friend of Atlantic Canada” and while she doesn’t have dates for when he will be back in the region, she said they are always interested in hearing taxpayers’ concerns


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