Joe MacDonald elected as the candidate for Pictou East

(Halifax, NS) – Joe MacDonald has been elected as the candidate for Pictou East and will represent the Nova Scotia Liberal Party in the next provincial election. Due to COVID-19, the nomination process was conducted virtually.

Joe is a life-long resident of Pictou East and currently lives in Kenzieville with his wife Laura. After graduating from East Pictou Rural High School, he worked at his family-owned small business which he now co-owns with his brother. In 1987, Joe joined the Barney’s River Volunteer Fire Department and has served as Chief for the past 24 years. He currently serves as the President of the Pictou County Firefighters Association and is involved with the County Council Liaison Committee, the Nova Scotia Hemophilia Advocacy Committee, and the Kenzieville Cemetery.

“I am honoured to be the Liberal candidate for Pictou East in the next provincial election,” says MacDonald. “I have committed my life to helping my neighbours in Pictou County and I am excited to have the opportunity to represent them on Team Rankin.”

As a community advocate, Joe has accomplished many projects to improve the lives of Pictou East residents. He has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal for his work in the industry and was named Pictou County’s Volunteer of the Year in 2017. Since 2011, he has been a champion for improved insurance for firefighters in Pictou County. Most recently, Joe was a strong voice to ensure that a dangerous section of Highway 104 would be twinned by 2023 to protect the lives of Nova Scotians.

“I’m pleased to welcome Joe to the team for the next provincial election,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Joe is a proven community leader and was instrumental in advocating for the twinning of Highway 104 to improve the safety of the constituents of Pictou East. He will make a fantastic MLA.”


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