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|Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
June 2006 – October 2007
|Preceded by||Murray Scott|
|Succeeded by||Alfie MacLeod|
|MLA for Cape Breton North|
March 6, 2001 – March 25, 2011
|Preceded by||Russell MacLellan|
|Succeeded by||Eddie Orrell|
|Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality|
November 5, 2012
|Preceded by||John W. Morgan|
April 12, 1968 |
North Sydney, Nova Scotia
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Residence||Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia|
|Religion||United Church of Canada|
Cecil Phillip Clarke (born April 12, 1968) is a politician in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. He represented the riding of Cape Breton North in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, from 2001 to 2011. He served as a Progressive Conservative.
Entrance to politics
Clarke was first elected in a March 2001 byelection and was re-elected in the 2003, 2006 and 2009 general elections. He served in the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Economic Development, Minister of Energy, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. Clarke was Speaker of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia from June 2006 to October 2007. Along with his various cabinet duties, Clarke was also the minister responsible for the Human Rights Act, the Regulations Act, and Part II of the Workers' Compensation Act.
In July 2010, Clarke announced that he was seeking the federal Conservative nomination for the riding of Sydney—Victoria. On March 25, 2011, Clarke resigned his seat in the Nova Scotia legislature so he could run for the Conservatives in the 2011 federal election. On May 2, 2011, Clark was defeated in his bid for a seat in the House of Commons of Canada by Liberal incumbent Mark Eyking.
On September 6, 2012, Clarke announced that he was entering the race for mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in the 2012 Nova Scotia municipal elections. On October 20, 2012, Clarke was elected mayor.
- "Clarke and new CBRM council sworn in". Cape Breton Post, November 5, 2012.
- "Tories win Cape Breton North". CBC News, March 7, 2001.
- "MLA Clarke eyes federal seat". CBC News, July 29, 2010.
- "MLA Clarke resigns to run federally". CBC News, March 25, 2011.
- "Clarke to carry Tory hopes". The Chronicle Herald, March 28, 2011.
- "Eyking wins Sydney-Victoria seat in close race against Clarke". Cape Breton Post, May 2, 2011.
- "Former MLA runs for Cape Breton mayor's seat". CBC News, September 6, 2012.
- "Cecil Clarke wins mayoral bid in Cape Breton". CBC News, October 20, 2012.
- Cecil Clarke on CBRM website.