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Three years ago, Reg Rankin took a leave of absence from Halifax regional council to seek professional help and medical treatment. (CBC)

Coun. Reg Rankin's lawyer entered a plea of not guilty on his client's behalf Thursday morning in provincial court on an impaired driving charge.

The trial date is set for March 2015.

The District 12 councillor for Timberlea-Beechville-Clayton Park West was charged in late March after RCMP were called to his home in Timberlea. Rankin's car allegedly hit the corner of his own house, which caused minor damage.

He subsequently took a two month long, paid leave of absence from his duties on Halifax regional council.

Nearly three years ago, Rankin took another leave of absence from Halifax regional council to seek professional help and medical treatment. The reason was not disclosed.

The Crown expects the case to take a full day because it plans to call several witnesses.