MacKay, Elmer MacIntosh
Elmer MacIntosh MacKay, politician (b at Hopewell, NS 5 Aug 1936). Educated at Acadia and Dalhousie, MacKay was called to the NS Bar in 1961 and practised law in Pictou County. Elected a Conservative MP for Central Nova in a 1971 by-election, he was a tenacious and vocal Commons critic of Liberal governments, taking particular aim at security questions. He was minister of regional economic expansion and the political minister for NS in the 1979-80 Joe CLARK government.
An early and prominent supporter of Brian MULRONEY'S successful campaign to become PC chief in 1983, he resigned his seat so that the new leader could run for Parliament.