NS: Savage wants party campaign stop at Halifax City Hall

Ruth Davenport, Metro Halifax
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During Tuesday’s weekly council meeting, Mayor Mike Savage suggested inviting Darrell Dexter, Stephen McNeil and Jamie Baillie to discuss the relationship between HRM and the province — and their plans if they become the next premier.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage

[HALIFAX, NS] - The three party leaders in Nova Scotia will be asked to drop in on Halifax City Hall in the next couple of weeks.

During Tuesday’s weekly council meeting, Mayor Mike Savage suggested inviting Darrell Dexter, Stephen McNeil and Jamie Baillie to discuss the relationship between HRM and the province – and their plans if they become the next premier.

“We’ve identified some priorities for HRM and I’m proposing we share those with the party leaders and ask them to come for 15 or 20 minutes and speak to us,” said Savage.

Councillors enthusiastically supported the idea.

“It’s paramount they express what their vision is,” said Coun. Lorelei Nicoll. “We are 45 per cent of the population and 55 per cent of the economy for the province.”

Savage said he didn’t want the session to be an inquisition, and would want to amend normal council rules to prevent questions after the presentations.

Coun. David Hendsbee said he’d want some opportunity for questions.

“I have rural issues in the municipality that may be quite different than urban issues, and I think that some of them are quite unique,” he said.

Savage said a document would be drawn up and circulated to council before the leaders’ appearance for councillors to suggest add-ons.

Hendsbee also suggested having all three leaders appear together, rather than individually.

Savage said that could be accommodated, but reiterated that this would not become a debate.

“We will be polite hosts to our guests,” he said.

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