|MLA for Cape Breton Centre|
|Preceded by||Russell MacNeil|
|Minister of the Public Service Commission|
June 19, 2009
|Preceded by||Len Goucher|
|Minister of Communications Nova Scotia|
June 19, 2009
|Preceded by||Judy Streatch|
|Born||New Waterford, Nova Scotia|
|Residence||Lingan, Nova Scotia|
Corbett was raised in New Waterford and currently resides in Lingan. Corbett worked as a television cameraman for CJCB-TV, the CTV affiliate in Sydney and volunteered with the provincial NDP as well as the labour movement for over 25 years, primarily with the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union.
Corbett ran for the NDP nomination in the riding of Cape Breton Centre and was first elected in the 1998 provincial election. Corbett was subsequently re-elected in the 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2013 provincial elections.
From 2009-2013 Corbett served in the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he had been appointed Deputy Premier, Minister of the Public Service Commission, and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia. Along with his cabinet duties, Corbett also served as the Government House Leader.
On November 10, 2009, it was revealed that Corbett had the highest meal expense bills on file amongst cabinet members in the new NDP government. A check of ministers’ records showed that Corbett expensed $441.48 for six people at the Keg restaurant in downtown Halifax on June 19, the night he and his 11 cabinet colleagues were sworn in. In July Corbett expensed $332.90 at CUT Steakhouse in Halifax for a dinner meeting for three people. Two nights later he expensed $250.28 at Ryan Duffy’s in Halifax for three people.
These revelations came after a statement released in September 2009 in which Corbett stated that because of the province's projected $590-million deficit, MLAs and staff had to be prepared to "lead by example." When news of Corbett's meal expenses was made public, he was quoted as saying "I screwed up and it won't happen again".
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