A Liberal MLA pleaded guilty Friday in Halifax provincial court to a charge of impaired driving.
Hugh MacKay, 64, who represents Chester-St. Margarets in the legislature, was arrested by RCMP on the night of Oct. 13 near his home on Indian Point Road in Glen Haven.
MacKay was scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 26 but his lawyer, Don Murray, requested that the charge be dealt with earlier.
Judge Gregory Lenehan accepted a joint recommendation from lawyers for a fine of $2,000 and a one-year driving prohibition.
MacKay put out a statement Oct. 15 announcing the charge, saying he had struggled with an alcohol addiction for several years and was seeking treatment.
On Friday, MacKay told the judge he was taking full responsibility for his actions.
“I have subsequently availed myself of the Nova Scotia government’s employee assistance program, as well as the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s addiction services program,” MacKay said.
“With their support, and the support of Alcoholics Anonymous, I certainly intend to never appear in front of you again.”
MacKay has been an MLA since 2017.
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