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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:37 am    Post subject: Jamie Baillie stepping down as Nova Scotia PC leader Reply with quote

( some surprising news from the East Coast , the nova scotia pc leader is stepping down after growing the party the last 2 elections )


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Jamie Baillie quitting role as leader of Progressive Conservatives

Nova Scotian politician led party into two elections in his seven-year tenure as leader

CBC News Posted: Nov 01, 2017 1:26 PM AT| Last Updated: Nov 01, 2017 1:26 PM AT

Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie will stay in the post until a replacement is picked.


Jamie Baillie is stepping down from his role as the leader of Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative Party.

Baillie said in a news release Wednesday afternoon that he will remain in office until a new leader is selected. He said he will stay on as MLA for Cumberland South.

"We have made great strides and I am tremendously proud of our collective efforts and results. I am truly grateful for the thousands of people I've met along this journey and the wonderful memories we've made," said Baillie.

He became leader in 2010 and led the party into two elections.

More to come.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4382107
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamie Baillie stepping down as PC Leader


Ballie will stay on as head of the party until a replacement is picked, and will continue to be the MLA for Cumberland South

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Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia says leader Jamie Baillie is stepping down as leader.

Ballie submitted his official notice Wednesday morning.


He will stay on as head of the party until a replacement is picked, and will continue to be the MLA for Cumberland South.

"It is the right time for my family and I to start our next chapter. I also believe it’s an opportunity for the Party to elect a fresh face for leader," said Ballie in a news release.

Baillie was ratified as leader on October 30, 2010.

PC party president Tara Miller says the Party Executive will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the process and details for selecting a new leader.


https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/jamie-baillie-stepping-down-as-pc-leader-754926
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its logical;
The Liberals maintain a two seat majority which is basically a one seat majority as Kevin Murphy sits as speaker of the house.

If they lose an MLA or there is a defection you could very well have a snap election.
At the moment the Liberals are popular, more popular than during the election.

It may be of benefit to replace Baillie now as he has already contested two elections and try something different
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

N.S. Tory Leader Jamie Baillie steps down, says party needs 'fresh face'


Brett Bundale, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017 1:41PM ADT
Last Updated Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:43AM ADT


HALIFAX -- The man who rebuilt the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives from a bruised and battered third-place party into a strong official opposition is stepping down.

Jamie Baillie, who became party leader in 2010 shortly after the Tories were ousted from power, said Wednesday the party is in "terrific shape" for the future.

"It is strong, it is debt free, and it has the world's best caucus in the house of assembly," he said during an emotional news conference at Province House in Halifax. "We have built a modern, dynamic, truly progressive party that will be a real alternative government for the people of Nova Scotia."


Baillie said he will remain at the party's helm until a replacement is selected.

"I will do all I can to keep the party in a strong and stable position until the party makes that important decision about who will lead us in the next election," he said.

Baillie pointed to the 16 MLAs that stood behind him during his announcement as his biggest accomplishment.

The chartered accountant has steadily grown the party over the last seven years despite "strong head winds" from "federal Conservative branding" that rubbed off on the provincial party and the "rise of Trudeaumania," he said.

"There are 35,000 more voters that voted for the PC Party in this election than the one before I started," he said. "That's an 11 per cent increase in votes."

Baillie managed the increase despite an overall drop in voter turnout, which hit a low of 53 per cent in the provincial election last May.

Amid multiple standing ovations, the Tory leader held back tears as he thanked his caucus colleagues for their support over the last seven years.

Although Baillie said it was a difficult decision to step down, he said his family is "very excited about the prospects of returning to private life."

He also said the party needs a "fresh face" when the next election rolls around.

While he will continue on as the MLA for Cumberland South, Baillie hinted that he has "another job or something left in me" for the future.

Party president Tara Miller said the party executive will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the process and details for selecting a new leader, as laid out in the party's constitution.

"The calibre of leadership demonstrated by Jamie ... I hope to see that kind of leadership moving forward because based on what he's done for us, we've made significant strides," she said. "He's been a champion of mental health, we have five female MLAs, that's a direct result of his hard work and leadership."

No one has come forward to officially express an interest in the job, but among those seen as possible candidates are Pictou East MLA Tim Houston and Cecil Clarke, a former Tory cabinet minister who is now mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

Rob Batherson, a former party president, has also been a name at the centre of speculation in the past.

"When I became president, it was right after (former premier) Rodney MacDonald had been defeated. It was very difficult time for the party," Batherson said. "But we now have a strong foundation in the party to build on thanks to the leadership of Jamie Baillie."

When asked directly if he would seek the party leadership, Batherson said "it's too early."

Meanwhile, party leaders from across the aisle declared their respect for Baillie.

"Leading a party is both a privilege and a challenge, requiring a staunch commitment to the people of Nova Scotia," Premier Stephen McNeil said in a statement. "Baillie has demonstrated that commitment for the last seven years.

"As leader, he has been a passionate advocate on a wide range of issues, including mental health and veterans services," he said. "I have no doubt his dedication to important issues facing the province will continue when he leaves the leader's office."

NDP Leader Gary Burrill said Baillie is a person of "way above average intellect" with a formidable grasp of the issues that are before him.

"He brings a lot of character to the work," he said. "There is no kind of bland political blah about him."

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-s.....-1.3658921
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VIBERT: Baillie’s leaving behind a big political prize


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Published: Nov. 2, 2017, 8:41 a.m.



Jamie Baillie took the job no one else wanted, but will leave it as possibly the biggest prize in Nova Scotia politics.
Baillie announced his intention to step down as Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative leader just five months after taking the party to within a few thousand well-placed votes of government. Nova Scotia’s Liberals won a slim majority last May, but hung on to several seats by razor thin margins.

Baillie leaves with the Tories next in line for the provincial government. His successor will be within a Liberal folly and an election call of the premier’s office.
The decision could not have been easy for Baillie. The life-long Tory from Truro wanted to be Nova Scotia’s Premier after watching the job up close while serving as John Hamm’s chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, but he said it is time to put his family first.
“We tell our families they come first. It’s important to show them that’s true,” he said Tuesday.

People don’t see the sacrifice families of political leaders make, and Baillie’s family commitment rings especially true given his proximity to the job he so wanted. He and his wife Sandra have two high school/college-aged daughters.
Baillie will stay on until a new leader is chosen, and promised the opposition Tories will continue to offer vigorous opposition, and fight for the issues they believe in, singling out mental health care.
Baillie won the leadership of the province’s PCs by acclamation, the only declared candidate for the post, in 2010.

It appeared the party was at its lowest ebb. After 10 years in power, many of them as a minority government, the Tories finished third in the 2009 provincial election, and seemed headed for an extended stay in the political wilderness.
Things got worse when Karen Casey, who served as interim leader in 2009-10, left the Tories to join Stephen McNeil’s opposition Liberals just three months after Baillie’s leadership became official. Casey made no secret that she had little taste for Baillie, although she didn’t have much time to acquire one.

Baillie entered the legislature as leader of the third party after winning a byelection in Cumberland South, a seat vacated for the new leader by MLA Murray Scott.
As leader, Baillie has consistently outperformed expectations. When the Liberals swept into office in 2013, the election was seen by most observers as a two-way race with the incumbent NDP.

The Tories baffled the experts by placing second, and Baillie became leader of the Official Opposition, the job he continues to hold.
Last spring the Liberals were expected to win re-election handily, but again, the Tories emerged as the election-night surprise, gaining seven seats and trailing the Liberals by just four percentage points in the popular vote.
Baillie’s term as leader has been plagued by polls showing low personal popularity. While he often polled behind his party, his strong election showings kept the rank-and-file firmly united behind his leadership. There were no Tory knives out for Baillie after either election loss.

Baillie leads a strong 17-seat opposition, rich in potential successors many of whom he recruited.
Rob Batherson was among the candidates Baillie recruited to run in 2017.
Batherson, who also served in John Hamm’s office, has been considered leadership potential for some time, although his loss to Liberal incumbent Labi Kousoulis in Halifax Citadel may hurt his chances. He finished third in a competitive race, close behind the NDP in a riding with a strong NDP tradition. The case will be made that the party needs a re-birth in Halifax to regain power, and Batherson’s leadership could fuel that re-birth.

The Tory legislative caucus has five women MLAs, any of whom could be considered for the leadership.
Among the new-comers, Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin has gained exposure as health critic, and Barbara Adams from Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage, was a strong performer in the House. Cape Breton Richmond Tory Alana Paon is a giant killer, having defeated long-serving Liberal Michel Samson.
Karla MacFarlane from Pictou West is another possible contender, although geography may be an issue, given Tim Houston from Pictou East will almost certainly give the leadership serious consideration.

Cape Breton will deliver a candidate, likely in the person of Allan MacMaster from Inverness, a former party staffer who holds his own in the House. Another party staffer turned MLA, Chris d’Entremont, from Argyle-Barrington is the House Leader and would seem a natural contender, but some insiders believe he does not want the top spot. Kings North MLA John Lohr’s name was mentioned by some as a strong potential contender.

Cape Breton Regional Municipal Mayor Cecil Clarke is a former PC MLA and cabinet minister who some see as leadership material. The timing of the race may determine whether he’s in. When he was re-elected mayor in 2016, he indicated he intended to serve the full four-year term.
With the premier’s office in sight, there will be no shortage of possible candidates. The field will narrow considerably once those with aspirations start testing the waters. But given the stakes, this time the provincial Tory leadership won’t be won by acclamation.

Jim Vibert, a journalist and writer for longer than he cares to admit, consulted or worked for five Nova Scotia governments. He now keeps a close and critical eye on provincial and regional powers.

http://www.digbycourier.ca/opi.....ze-158696/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Its logical;
The Liberals maintain a two seat majority which is basically a one seat majority as Kevin Murphy sits as speaker of the house.

If they lose an MLA or there is a defection you could very well have a snap election.
At the moment the Liberals are popular, more popular than during the election.

It may be of benefit to replace Baillie now as he has already contested two elections and try something different


they likely have at least a couple years before another election , so they have time for a leadership race and for new leader to get known in the province .

perhaps someone new can continue to re-energise the party .
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the particular case, I don't have an opinion.

But let me lay out the case for a leader like this staying on. Presumably, he has successfully mobilized enough people to build the party. He has probably offered a consistent critique of government and has an established relationship with the electorate. He is established in a near-majority of people's minds as a possible premier.

That's a big asset. I'll bet Patrick Brown wishes he had he had that relationship with the Ontario electorate right now. He'd have it in the bag.

Contrast that with a new leader who will, necessarily, have to start over, at least to some degree. In the case of Patrick Brown, he's almost unknown in the province as a political voice, so a lot of people can't visualize what the alternative to the Liberals might be. That's a handicap.

They aren't small things, either, although, in the case of Nova Scotia, the contenders may also be well-enough known that they can close the gap in the time left.

Still, it's closing the gap, not advancing the party, it seems to me. It's still a drag on performance.
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