Smith-McCrossin best choice for change: Former PC cabinet minister and MLA
Former PC cabinet minister and Halifax-area MLA Joel Matheson is the latest Progressive Conservative to endorse Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin’s PC leadership campaign
“Now is the time for the PC Party to embrace change, to choose a new voice, to bring about a new focus on Metro Halifax-Dartmouth. I am impressed by Elizabeth’s strength of character, sense of purpose in public life and real-life know how outside of politics. With her experience as a successful business person and registered nurse, Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin is the best choice for positive change for Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives,” said Matheson. “The last health care professional I supported for the PC leadership was John Hamm. I am confident that our party and our province will benefit from having the next generation from the health care professions – Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin – lead us forward.”
Matheson served as MLA for Halifax Bedford Basin from 1978 to 1993. He was a cabinet minister in the PC governments of former Premiers John Buchanan, Roger Bacon and Don Cameron, holding the portfolios of Finance, Mines and Energy, Health and Attorney General. As Minister of Mines and Energy in the Buchanan government, Matheson co-signed the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Accord in 1986. This led to former Premier John Hamm’s successful Campaign for Fairness, which resulted in $830 million being applied to the province’s debt and former Premier Rodney MacDonald securing a Crown Share payment from the federal government of more than $700 million.
“It is an honour to have such an able and experienced public servant, lawyer and business person as Joel Matheson support me and our growing team of supporters,” said Smith-McCrossin. “Both new and longstanding Progressive Conservatives are coming to the conclusion that the PC Party needs a different kind of leadership to connect with Nova Scotians and deliver good government based on the Progressive Conservative vision, mission and values.”