|MLA for Preston-Dartmouth|
|Preceded by||David Hendsbee|
|Born||October 3, 1947|
Colwell successfully ran for the Liberal nomination in the riding of Eastern Shore in spring 1993. He was elected in the 1993 provincial election and was re-elected in the 1998 provincial election. Following his re-election, Colwell was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he served as Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Minister of Consumer Services, as well as holding other cabinet responsibilities.
Colwell was defeated in the 1999 provincial election by Bill Dooks. Turning to municipal politics, Colwell was elected to Halifax Regional Council on October 30, 1999, in a by-election for the Halifax Regional Municipality where he represented District 3 (Preston/Porters Lake). Colwell was re-elected in District 3 in the 2000 municipal general election.
Colwell successfully ran for the Liberal nomination in the riding of Preston and was elected in the 2003 provincial election. He was re-elected in the 2006 and 2009 provincial elections. The riding name was changed in 2013 to Preston-Dartmouth and he was re-elected in the 2013 provincial election.
Colwell was honoured for his efforts in successfully banning the burning of tires in Nova Scotia and has been a volunteer fireman with 13 years’ experience.
In May 2013, Colwell was allegedly the victim of an assault by Percy Paris, a fellow member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia. "Yesterday in the house of assembly, I was assaulted and threatened by the minister of economic and rural development and tourism," Colwell said in a statement. "This improper behaviour by the minister was quite clearly an execution of a threat and intimidation, an attempt to prevent me from performing my function as a legislator, elected representative for my constituents and member of this assembly." Paris was charged with assault and uttering threats.
On October 22, 2013, Colwell was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he serves as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Minister of Agriculture, Minister responsible for Part II of the Gaming Control Act, as well as Minister responsible for the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission Act.
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- "Colwell, Streatch win Halifax by-elections". CBC News. November 1, 1999. Retrieved 2014-11-25.
- "Special election, councilor district 3 official results" (PDF). Halifax Regional Municipality. 1999. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
- "Colwell to run for Liberals in Preston". The Chronicle Herald. May 24, 2003. Archived from the original on November 20, 2003. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
- "Metro unravelled Tory majority". The Chronicle Herald. August 6, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
- "Colwell new agriculture minister". The Guardian. October 24, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
- "Paris to appear in court June 18". Cape Breton Post, May 10, 2013.
- "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC News. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-06.