Masland, d'Entremont Given Responsibilities By Progressive Conservatives

Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 12:56 PM

The MLA for Queens-Shelburne will serve as the Progressive Conservatives deputy whip in the Nova Scotia Legislature.

Kim Masland was named to the role today by PC Leader Jamie Baillie.

It will see Masland work with Whip Eddie Orrell to keep party members informed about business inside the legislature and make sure they attend when a vote is held.

Masland says it's an important role to hold people accountable.

"With such a slim majority right now in our Legislative Assembly it makes this job even more important to make sure our members are there voting and making sure that decisions are being made for the betterment of our province."

Masland will also be the PC's critic on the environment.

She says she has a lot to learn on the portfolio but it's a subject that is on everyone's mind.

Also, the MLA for Argyle-Barrington was named Progressive Conservative's House Leader.

d'Entremont will also serve at the party's Acadian Affairs and Francophonie critic.

He says he's pleased to have been named Opposition House Leader again; a position he held before last month's election was called.

"Because you do get to deal with the day to day actions of the House of Assembly, the set up of committees of the House of Assembly. I am also very happy to be critic for Acadian Affairs and the Francophonie again because we do have a number of things that need to be looked at. One of them of course is the issue around boundaries and effective representation."

He says he wants to bring up a number of issues he heard from constituents during the campaign.

"Ecole Wedgeport. We need to find out why a replacement hasn't been announced and how we're going to get that to happen and the next year or so. To talk about dialysis. An absolute priority for South Western Nova many of our cancer patients end up having to travel to Halifax for radiation therapy. We should be able to have that closer to home. It is a very expensive endeavor that we're looking at but it's one I think that we need to embark on and work together in one direction. that's one of those things that I hope Zach (Yarmouth Liberal MLA Zach Churchill) and I can work across party lines in order to get it to happen for our patients."