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Local MLA?Lenore Zann closes office after parting ways with assistant

Temporary absence

TRURO - A parting of ways between Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann and her constituency assistant Susan MacQuarrie has led to the temporary closure of the constituency office.
The office has been closed all week and could remain so for much of the month after the business relationship ended Jan. 26. Zann and an NDP caucus official are now undertaking an operational review to determine how the office can best meet the needs of the
"I wasn't satisfied with the way it was going before," Zann told the Truro Daily News on Thursday. "Right now for me, this is the best thing that I need to do for the constituents, for my office and for me."
MacQuarrie was Zann's campaign manager during last summer's election and had been the rookie MLA's constituency assistant since the office opened in October at the Bank of Montreal building on Commercial Street.
Saying staffing issues are confidential, Zann declined to divulge what led to MacQuarrie and Zann severing ties.
"This is not an easy thing to do. In fact, this is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life, but it had to be done," Zann said. "I feel confident that I will find somebody, who is suitable for the job, who will be really, really good for the constituency and for me."
MacQuarrie declined comment other than to say she loved her job and the parties split ties due to "personality issues."
The office was in darkness yesterday while a sign on the door said for emergencies call the NDP caucus office in Halifax.
"I am carrying on business as usual, but I am between here and my meetings in Halifax," Zann said. "I am available to meet on any issues that require my help. I am setting up private meetings in the office when people need me to be there."
The sign says the office will be closed until Feb. 22, but Zann hopes it will be operational between Feb. 15 and 20. Zann is advertising for a new constituency assistant with applications due before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10. She said when MacQuarrie was hired, there were 15 applicants and six were interviewed. She is hopeful for a similar number of candidates this time around.


Organizations: NDP, Truro Daily News, Bank of Montreal

Geographic location: Halifax, Commercial Street

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