Gordon Earle

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Gordon Earle
MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Halifax West
In office
1997–2000
Preceded by Geoff Regan
Succeeded by Geoff Regan
Personal details
Born (1943-02-27) February 27, 1943 (age 71)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Jane Earle

Gordon S. Earle (born February 27, 1943[1]) is a Canadian politician. Earle is a member of the New Democratic Party and a former member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Halifax West from 1997 to 2000.[1] Earle is the first black Member of Parliament elected from Nova Scotia.[1]

Career[edit]

Earle was a senior public servant, having served as Chief Human Rights Officer and assistant to the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia and as Ombudsman of Manitoba.[1]

While in Parliament, Earle was the NDP critic of Multiculturalism, Citizenship and Immigration, Indian Affairs and Northern Development, National Defence, and Veterans Affairs. Earle lost his seat in the Canadian federal election, 2000.[2]

In the 2004 federal election, Earle ran in the riding of South Shore—St. Margaret's, in which a small part of the old Halifax West, in which he resided, had been moved under redistricting. He was defeated by the incumbent, Conservative Gerald Keddy, coming third. He ran again in the 2006 federal election, again losing to Keddy, but improving his vote total and placing second.[3] Earle ran against Keddy for a third time in the 2008 federal election, losing by less than one thousand votes.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Earle is a martial artist with a black belt in Karate. He founded the Hammonds Plains Karate Club.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Canada Votes - South Shore - St. Margaret's Candidate Profiles". CBC. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  2. ^ Gordon Earle – Parliament of Canada biography
  3. ^ Riding history for South Shore—St. Margaret's (2003– ) from the Library of Parliament
  4. ^ Williams, Dawn P. (1 January 2001, 2002). Who's Who in Black Canada: Black Success and Black Excellence in Canada:A Contemporary Directory. ISBN 978-0-9731384-1-2.  Check date values in: |date= (help)