Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)

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Helen MacDonald is a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Cape Breton The Lakes in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1997 to 1999. She won the riding in a by-election on November 4, 1997,[1] following the resignation of Bernie Boudreau, but was defeated by Brian Boudreau in the 1999 general election.[2]

A New Democrat, MacDonald was subsequently chosen leader of the party in 2000,[3][4] following the resignation of Robert Chisholm. When former Liberal premier Russell MacLellan resigned the seat of Cape Breton North in 2001, MacDonald stood as the NDP candidate in the resulting by-election, but lost to Progressive Conservative Cecil Clarke.[5] As a result, MacDonald resigned the leadership of the New Democrats,[6] and was succeeded by Darrell Dexter.


  1. ^ MacIntyre, Mary Ellen (November 5, 1997). "NDP will have first C.B. MLA in years". The Chronicle Herald. Archived from the original on June 6, 2000. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1999 - Cape Breton The Lakes". Elections Nova Scotia. 1999. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  3. ^ Smith, Amy and David Jackson. "Helen at helm; Party picks NDP veteran as new leader in 3rd round," Halifax-Chronicle Herald, July 16, 2000
  4. ^ "NDP in Nova Scotia chooses new leader". The Globe and Mail. July 17, 2000. 
  5. ^ "Tories win Cape Breton North". CBC News. March 7, 2001. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Leader of Nova Scotia NDP resigns post". The Globe and Mail. April 25, 2001.