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Baillie to unveil decision on Tory leadership run

Jamie Baillie will make his intentions known shortly regarding a run for the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative leadership.

Jamie Baillie will make his intentions known shortly regarding a run for the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative leadership.

The Truro native has been considered a front-runner by many political observers for the position following Rodney MacDonald’s decision to leave politics after last year’s provincial election.

Baillie, the president and chief executive officer of Credit Union Atlantic in Halifax, said he has a few things to do before making a final decision.

“I will have something to say about that quite soon,” he said. “It won’t be long.”

A lot of people are encouraging him to run and there appears to be a number of high-ranking Tories who would support him if he does decide to do so.

Baillie was premier John Hamm’s chief of staff for three years before leaving in 2005 to join Credit Union Atlantic.

Deadline

• The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia has set Oct. 29 and 30 for a leadership convention.

• Candidates have until Aug. 16 to file their nomination papers.