John MacDonell (Nova Scotia politician)

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John MacDonell
John MacDonell, MLA
MLA for Hants East
In office
1998 – October 8, 2013
Preceded by Bob Carruthers
Succeeded by Margaret Miller
Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
In office
January 11, 2011 – October 22, 2013
Preceded by Ramona Jennex
Succeeded by Mark Furey
Minister of Agriculture
In office
January 11, 2011 – October 22, 2013
Preceded by Mark Parent
Succeeded by Keith Colwell
Minister of Natural Resources
In office
June 19, 2009 – January 2011
Preceded by Carolyn Bolivar-Getson
Succeeded by Charlie Parker
Personal details
Born (1956-04-02) April 2, 1956 (age 58) [1]
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political party NDP
Occupation educator

John MacDonell (born April 2, 1956) is a retired Canadian educator and politician.

A native of Halifax, MacDonell was educated at Acadia University and Saint Mary's University.[2] MacDonell worked on a dairy farm and taught biology at Hants East Rural High School from 1985 to 1998.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1998 MacDonell successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Hants East. He was elected in the 1998 provincial election and was re-elected in the 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2009 provincial elections.

On June 19, 2009 MacDonell was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he served first as Minister of Natural Resources until 2011 and then as Minister of Agriculture. MacDonell was defeated in the 2013 provincial election.[2]


  1. ^ a b Mars-Proietti, Laura (2008). Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59237-310-9. 
  2. ^ a b Cabinet of the Province of Nova Scotia Biography

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