Rookie MLA to vie for leadership of Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative leadership race has its first female candidate.

Rookie MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin announced her candidacy Tuesday during an event in Amherst.

Smith-McCrossin, who represents the riding of Cumberland North, joins fellow caucus members Tim Houston and John Lohr, along with Cape Breton Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke.

They are vying to replace Jamie Baillie, who announced in late November that he planned to step down as Tory leader, but who resigned two weeks ago following an allegation of inappropriate behaviour.

The 48-year-old Smith-McCrossin, a registered nurse, operated a health care business prior to being elected to the legislature for the first time in May 2017.

Details of the leadership convention are expected to be announced during the party's annual general meeting this weekend in Halifax.