Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Nova Scotia Cabinet Minister Declines Comment on Assertion She Was to Resign

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ex-Nova Scotia Cabinet Minister Declines Comment on Assertion She Was to Resign

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Ex-Nova Scotia minister won't comment on book

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HALIFAX - A former Nova Scotia cabinet minister refused comment Wednesday on a colleague's book that says she had planned to resign over a contract negotiated with health care workers in April 2012.

In his recently released book "What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise -- and Collapse -- of Nova Scotia's NDP Government," former finance minister Graham Steele says he resigned because he felt the deal was too costly.

In the book, Steele says Maureen MacDonald, who served as health minister at the time, was prepared to join him.

He says he talked with MacDonald about holding a joint news conference announcing their resignations, but MacDonald later backed away from the idea.

"Her reasons for staying are for her to share, not me, but they did affect my own decision about how to resign," Steele says in the book.

Steele resigned as finance minister in May 2012 but didn't publicly air his grievances with then-premier Darrell Dexter over the settlement with health care workers. …

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