Premier Hamm Reacts to MacLellan's Resignation

Premier's Office

January 26, 2000 3:30 PM

Premier John Hamm today paid tribute to Russell MacLellan on the
occasion of his announced intention to resign as Leader of the
Nova Scotia Liberal Party.

"For over 20 years, Russell MacLellan has worked tirelessly on
behalf of his constituents in the House of Commons, and on behalf
of all Nova Scotians at Province House," said Premier Hamm.

"Mr. MacLellan has always put the interests of Nova Scotians
first," added the premier. "His public service will not be
forgotten by Nova Scotians, particularly with respect to the
sensitive and caring manner in which he represented our province
as premier during the difficult days following the Swissair
tragedy."

"I wish Mr. MacLellan, his wife Clare, and their two children,
Sarah and Matthew, all the best in the future," concluded Premier
Hamm. "I look forward to his continued contribution to public
life in Nova Scotia."


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Premier John Hamm paid tribute today to Russell MacLellan

who has announced his resignation as Leader of the Nova Scotia

Liberal Party.

     Premier Hamm commented on MacLellan's twenty years of

public service in the House of Commons and Province House, adding

that MacLellan always put the interests of Nova Scotians first.

     The premier wished MacLellan all the best for the future

and says he looks forward to his continued contribution to public

life in Nova Scotia.

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Contact: Rob Batherson
         Premier's Office
         902-424-6601
         E-mail: batherrk@gov.ns.ca

kjd                      January 26, 2000     3:30 p.m.