Former Liberal MLA Hugh MacKay pleads not guilty to second impaired driving charge

A member of the Nova Scotia legislature who has already pleaded guilty to impaired driving entered a plea of not guilty to a second charge in a separate incident.

Hugh MacKay, the MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s, was supposed to have his case before the Halifax provincial court on March 16, but his lawyer was in court Thursday morning to enter an early plea.

MacKay was not present, the court confirmed.

The former Liberal and now independent MLA was charged with impaired driving last month in connection with an incident in Upper Tantallon in November 2018.

The allegations ended up on the floor of the legislature last week after Opposition Leader Tim Houston tabled a partially-redacted email from a former member of the Chester-St. Margaret’s Liberal Riding Association.

Houston claimed the Liberals were trying to “cover up” allegations in the email, which accuses MacKay of driving dangerously between streets in New Ross, before travelling to Upper Tantallon and crashing his vehicle into a light pole.

The former association member, whose name wasn’t released, said MacKay had a bottle of open liquor in the vehicle and refused to pull over for over two hours.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

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