Billy Joe MacLean will have to get used to 'honourable'
HALIFAX (CP) — A former Nova Scotia cabinet minister who was expelled from the legislature two decades ago for cheating on his expenses will get to use the title “honourable” in front of his name.
Billy Joe MacLean has been named to Nova Scotia’s Executive Council by Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis.
MacLean was a cabinet minister in the Conservative government of John Buchanan when he pleaded guilty in 1986 to submitting forged expense claims worth $22,000.
He was fined $6,000 and returned to the legislature after winning a byelection as an Independent in Inverness South, but was defeated in a general election the following year.
MacLean is the longtime mayor of Port Hawkesbury.
The province’s lieutenant-governor may appoint as honorary members of the Executive Council members and former members of the house of assembly.