Cecil Clarke

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Cecil Clarke
Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
In office
June 2006 – October 2007
Preceded by Murray Scott
Succeeded by Alfie MacLeod
MLA for Cape Breton North
In office
March 6, 2001 – March 25, 2011
Preceded by Russell MacLellan
Succeeded by Eddie Orrell
Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Assumed office
November 5, 2012[1]
Preceded by John W. Morgan
Personal details
Born (1968-04-12) April 12, 1968 (age 46)
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.

Before politics[edit]

Born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Clarke graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Mount Allison University in 1990.[citation needed]

Entrance to politics[edit]

Clarke was first elected in a March 2001 byelection[2] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In July 2010, Clarke announced that he was seeking the federal Conservative nomination for the riding of Sydney—Victoria.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6]

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.[7] On October 20, 2012, Clarke was elected mayor.[8]


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