Municipality of the County of Inverness

Our Council

Municipal Council consists of 6 elected Councillors representing a population of 13,190. Elections are held every four years with the next one taking place in October, 2020. Council chooses its own Warden by ballot. A similar process is used to elect a Deputy Warden.

Council meetings are held on a monthly basis, on the first Thursday of each month. In the event of a holiday, Council meets on the following day, Friday. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers which is located on the 3rd floor of the Municipal Administration Building. Council meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

Occasionally, meetings are required outside the regularly scheduled dates. When this occurs, notice of such meetings is broadcast via the local media and posted in the news section of this website. Committee meetings and Public Hearings are scheduled on an as required basis.

Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie

Warden Betty Ann MacQuarrie

District 5 (Port Hood/Mabou)


Telephone (H): (902) 945-2399

Telephone (C): (902) 258-5632

Address: PO Box 145 Mabou, NS B0E 1X0

Betty Ann MacQuarrie lives in Mabou, Inverness County, where she works as Manager of Mother of Sorrows Pioneer Shrine. Her community involvement has found her on the Community Development Association, the Rink Commission and more. She is currently serving on the Central Inverness County Community Health Board. Betty Ann has four children, three living and working in Nova Scotia and one in Saudi Arabia. She looks forward to times when the family, including her four grandchildren get together, usually at home, the beach or at the rink, depending on the season.

Betty Ann is always ready to listen to and address the issues of the people of District 5 and willing to work with the other councillors in ensuring that our Municipality provides quality services and representation.

Deputy Warden Alfred Poirier

Deputy Warden Alfred Poirier

District 1 (Cheticamp/Pleasant Bay/Meat Cove)


Telephone (H): (902) 224-3697

Telephone (C): (902) 224-0097

Address: PO Box 670 Cheticamp, Nova Scotia B0E 1H0

Alfred Poirier represents District #1 – Meat Cove, Pleasant Bay and Cheticamp in the Municipality of the County of Inverness. He is married to Lucille, has two daughters, Joanne and Jennifer and is also the proud grandfather to Jacob and Julien. Alfred is very active in community organizations and is past president of Le Conseil Économique de Cheticamp.

As past owner of two Recycling Depots, two Dollar Stores and an Insurance Broker, Alfred will bring experience to Council and wants to concentrate much of his efforts on the economy of the County. He always has time to assist seniors, the underprivileged and his community. Alfred resides in Point Cross, Cheticamp.

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Councillor Laurie Cranton

Councillor Laurie Cranton

District 2 (Margaree/St. Joseph)


Telephone (W): (902) 248-2726

Telephone (C): (902) 224-0506

Address: 184 Cranton Crossroad, Po Box 23 Margaree Centre, Nova Scotia BOE 1ZO

I live in Margaree Centre. My wife Mary Ann and I have four grown children, and several grandchildren. I have dedicated the better part of my life working to promote positive community and economic growth. I am working to do exactly the same for the county and District 2 now that I have been elected to Council. As someone with a passion for my community, I believe that the residents of this county can accomplish great things if we work together.

I have worked and volunteered in community development and other county initiatives. With experience that spans grassroots community development (Cranton Cross Roads Community Centre and the River Valley Equestrian Centre); research with the Government of Nova Scotia on Off-Highway Vehicle strategies as chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health Promotion and Minister of Natural Resources; as well as trail development strategies, serving as chairman of Cape Breton Island Pathways Association and Inverness County Trails Federation; and service on numerous boards (including chairman for Homes for Independent Living; Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia; Margaree Tourism Association; Vice Chair of the National Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations) plus various committees (United Way; Pan Am Games; Rick Hanson’s World Tour; Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation; and the North East Margaree Credit Union and Highland Credit Union), I hope that my breadth of experience will be an asset to Council. In addition to volunteering with non-profit organizations, I have also worked as an Employment and Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, assisting persons with disabilities.

Going forward, I believe that improving cell phone service and high speed Internet are major issues for the municipality and that senior and low-income housing are critical areas of infrastructure that must be addressed.

Councillor Jim Mustard

Councillor Jim Mustard

District 3 (Inverness/Glenville/Dunvegan)


Telephone (H): (902) 248-2893

Telephone (C): (902) 295-0974

Address: RR #1, Box 28, Pipers Glen Road South West Margaree, Nova Scotia B0E 3H0

As a young man, Jim Mustard found himself in the beauty of Cape Breton with an interest in the land and a growing appreciation for the relationships in a community where you were needed and valued from infants to elders. He has spent much of his adult life with his partner Margaret creating a place to grow those relationships in the beauty of Pipers Glen with horses, goats, gardens, their 3 children and many children who find themselves in need of foster care.

Jim has always been interested in early child development and was the initial champion of the Roots of Empathy program in NS, and has been the coordinator for the eastern region since 2003. Jim believes that one of the councillor’s roles is to convene the ongoing dialogue needed for a community to identify and prioritize what’s important and what needs to be done so that we can work together to revitalize our region making it the best place for everyone.

Councillor John MacLennan

Councillor John MacLennan

District 4 (Whycocomagh/Orangedale/Ainslie)


Telephone (H): (902) 756-2740

Telephone (C): (902) 295-8212

Address: 7433 TCH, PO Box 64 Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia B0E 3M0

I am a former resident of Dunvegan who now resides in Blues Mills with my family. I have coached little league baseball and minor hockey and also volunteered with the Whycocomagh and area Lions Club and other organizations. Most recently I have been a member of the Inverness Consolidated Hospital board and chaired the board for three years. I am a businessman and certified plumbing tradesman and have worked as a plumbing and heating contractor for a number of years.

I wish to thank the residents of my District for their vote of confidence. I promise to work hard to represent them and bring their concerns forward to Council.

Councillor John Dowling

Councillor John Dowling

District 6 (Port Hastings/Judique/West Bay)


Telephone (C): (902) 631-5351

Address: West Bay Road, Nova Scotia B0E 3L0

I grew up on the family farm in Askilton which is between Port Hastings and West Bay Road. My family has had a long and successful history of living in Inverness County since the first Dowling settled here in the late 1700’s.

I have spent the majority of my career in the automotive industry working in parts and service providing the same type of quality care that I would expect as a consumer. As a Councillor, I have continued that dedication and caring towards the residents of Inverness County. At the end of December 2016, I resigned from Central in Port Hawkesbury and became devoted full time as a Councillor for District 6. As this first year comes to an end, it has been an amazing time and I feel proud to be allowed to represent the residents in our beautiful communities.

I have always been deeply rooted to Inverness County and currently live on the same property in Askilton that the first “Dowling” called home.

My family is my “rock” that keeps me connected. My daughter Hannah lives in Fort McMurray but always makes it back to Cape Breton every year. My wife Christine and myself live on Dowling Road with our infant son Calvin and my stepson Aidan. We still farm the land and keep several Highland Cattle on the property as well as several gardens and a small orchard.