The late-stage mudslinging in the Nova Scotia PC Party leadership race makes one thing clear: While Julie Chaisson respectfully focuses on her campaign, three of her fellow candidates believe Tim Houston is way out in front. Cecil Clarke, John Lohr and Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin left the final debate in Truro seemingly in agreement that it was a time for “unity,” and then commenced an onslaught against the presumed frontrunner, Houston, with email as their mortar of preference.
The Clarke campaign led the way, seemingly giving campaign manager Chad Bowie carte blanche. Bowie describes campaigns as “dogfights” in interviews about his field of expertise, and is described as having an affection for American politics. His tactics sank to a new low last week when the Clarke campaign shared screenshots of social media comments by one of Cape Breton’s most notorious Clarke critics, labelling him a Tim Houston campaign team member. Clarke, of course, knows full well this isn’t true.
The individual has been a vocal critic long before the PC leadership race kicked off. The critic has protested Clarke’s birthday fundraiser and was also escorted out of CBRM council sessions during a stand-in protest.
—Joe Ward, Sydney