Nova Scotia Tory member dropped from caucus by leader for supporting border shutdown

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HALIFAX — A prominent member of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party has been dropped from the caucus after she posted a video
on Facebook supporting a protest that closed the border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Party Leader Tim Houston issued a statement today saying Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, the member of the legislature for Cumberland North, will also not be permitted to run for the party in the future.

Houston said he appreciated his colleague's frustration over last-minute changes by the Liberals that requires New Brunswickers to show full vaccination and take a COVID-19 test to avoid self-isolation requirements.

However, he said Smith-McCrossin's failure to accept accountability for her post showed a lack of judgment and personal responsibility.

The protest at the border began Tuesday afternoon over objections to the travel restrictions, and ended on Wednesday evening when three participants were arrested.

Smith-McCrossin posted a video to Facebook late Tuesday afternoon telling the public that unless the Liberals changed the policy she would join with residents of her county who had "had enough" and were "shutting down the TransCanada Highway."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 24, 2021.

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