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Former Liberal N.S. member of legislature to plead guilty for impaired driving – Halifax

The lawyer for a former Liberal member of the Nova Scotia legislature says his client intends to plead guilty to a charge of impaired driving.

Don Murray appeared in Halifax provincial court on behalf of Hugh MacKay, former member for Chester-St. Margaret’s, to indicate his client will appear on Feb. 22 before Judge Ann Marie Simmons to formally enter a guilty plea.

MacKay in 2020 had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which are connected to an alleged impaired driving incident from Nov. 22, 2018.

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However, the trial dates were put off due to COVID-19 and to an abuse of process motion filed by his defence, which was rejected.

MacKay was a backbencher from 2017 to 2020 in the Stephen McNeil government, but quit the caucus after he was charged.

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He sat as an independent until the 2021 provincial election, when he didn’t re-offer.

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In a separate case, MacKay pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, in relation to an incident on Oct. 13, 2019. He was fined $2,000 and prohibited from driving for a year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 3, 2023.

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