Billy Joe MacLean will have to get used to 'hon­ourable'

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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.

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