Allan MacMaster

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Allan MacMaster
MLA
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Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Inverness
Assumed office
October 20, 2009
Preceded by Rodney MacDonald
Personal details
Born (1974-09-26) September 26, 1974 (age 42)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Judique, Nova Scotia

Allan Gerard MacMaster (born September 26, 1974) is a Canadian politician. He represents the electoral district of Inverness in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

He is the son of Marie and Buddy MacMaster, and grew up in the community of Judique in Inverness County. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a degree in business administration.

Prior to being elected, MacMaster worked as an investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns, and authored a monthly column for the Nova Scotia Business Journal entitled "Building Your Wealth". He also worked as an assistant to the former MLA for Inverness.

Political career[edit]

MacMaster was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in a by-election on October 20, 2009.[2][3] He was re-elected in the 2013 election,[4][5] and serves as Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.[1]

In March 2010, MacMaster issued a rare Gaelic resolution in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, asking for continued government support for Gaelic language, history and culture in Nova Scotia. It was passed unanimously by all members.[6]

In his first full session in the legislature, MacMaster introduced two bills: An Act to Provide Greater Flexibility for Nova Scotians' Retirement Savings in Locked-in Accounts[7] and An Act to Amend Chapter 31 of the Acts of 1996, the Sales Tax Act which would prohibit the province from proposing or agreeing to an increase in the provincial portion of the federally enacted harmonized sales tax.[8]

In 2012, he brought the idea forward to extend pension wind up for Newpage pension plans during debate on Bill 96 Pension Benefits Act in 2011, but this was voted down.[9] A new bill was created by to do same thing in 2012 and passed.[10]

Since 2013, he has been an advocate for patient safety and the access to a CT Scanner at the Inverness hospital,[11] and a voice for those opposing the "Royal" designation of the Gaelic College in Cape Breton.[12]

In October 2014, MacMaster delivered a speech in the legislature about the struggles victims of sexual abuse face.[13]

Electoral record[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Progressive Conservative Allan MacMaster 3,816 49.29
Liberal Jackie Rankin 3,248 41.95
     New Democratic Party Michelle A. Smith 678 8.76
October 20, 2009 by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Progressive Conservative Allan MacMaster 3,155 35.75 -20.30
Liberal Ian McNeil 3,105 35.18 +15.29
     New Democratic Party Bert Lewis 2,342 26.54 +5.66
Green Nathalie Arsenault 223 2.53 -1.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MLA biography". Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  2. ^ "NDP, Tories win 1 each in N.S. byelections". CBC News. October 20, 2009. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  3. ^ "NDP wins in Antigonish; Tories hold Inverness". The Chronicle Herald. October 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Nova Scotia Votes 2013: Inverness". CBC News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Tough fight in Cape Breton; Corbett, Gosse hang on to seats". The Chronicle Herald. October 9, 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.pccaucus.ns.ca/?q=node/2693
  7. ^ "Status of Bills / Bills, Statutes, Regulations / Proceedings / The Nova Scotia Legislature". nslegislature.ca. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Status of Bills / Bills, Statutes, Regulations / Proceedings / The Nova Scotia Legislature". nslegislature.ca. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  9. ^ http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/hansard/C81/house_11dec12/#HPage5246
  10. ^ "N.S. introduces bill to delay NewPage pension windup". The Chronicle Herald. May 9, 2012. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Lack of CT scanner at Inverness hospital leads to protest". Cape Breton Post. August 15, 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  12. ^ "'Royal' treatment to Gaelic College name prompts uproar, resignation in Nova Scotia". The Globe and Mail. December 18, 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  13. ^ "MLA Allan MacMaster gives heartfelt speech for abuse victims". The Chronicle Herald. October 16, 2014. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 

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