Manning MacDonald

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The Honourable
Manning MacDonald
MLA for Cape Breton South
In office
May 25, 1993 – May 29, 2013
Preceded by Vince MacLean
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born (1942-09-18) September 18, 1942 (age 72)
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Residence Sydney, Nova Scotia
Occupation Municipal Politician

Manning MacDonald CD, ECNS (born September 18, 1942) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral district of Cape Breton South in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from May 25, 1993 to May 29, 2013. He is a member of the Liberals.

Early life and education[edit]

MacDonald attended school at St. Francis Xavier College, the University College of Cape Breton and Dalhousie University.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

MacDonald served as mayor of Sydney, Nova Scotia from 1978 to 1993.[1] He entered provincial politics in the 1993 election, defeating Peter Mancini and Norm Ferguson to win the Cape Breton South riding.[2] MacDonald served as a backbench member of John Savage's government until June 27, 1996, when he was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Labour.[3]

When Russell MacLellan was sworn-in as premier in July 1997, MacDonald was named Minister of Economic Development and Tourism.[4] In 1997, he also took over as the Liberal House Leader, a position he held until January 2012.[5] In the 1998 election, MacDonald was re-elected by over 2,600 votes.[6][7] Following the election, MacDonald remained at Economic Development and Tourism, but was given six other portfolios in the minority government, including the Priorities and Planning Secretariat, and responsibility for Sysco.[8] In December 1998, he was given an additional role in cabinet, Minister responsible for the Petroleum Directorate.[9]

The Liberals lost government in the 1999 election, but MacDonald was again re-elected in his riding by over 2,000 votes.[10] Moving to the opposition side for the first time in his career, MacDonald was re-elected in the 2003,[11] 2006,[12] and 2009 elections.[13][14]

On January 6, 2012, MacDonald announced he would be retiring from politics prior to the next provincial election.[1][15] In May 2013, MacDonald came under scrutiny for taking a four week holiday during the spring session of the Nova Scotia Legislature.[16] He resigned his seat on May 29, 2013, one day before a scheduled vote of the legislature on whether to dock his pay for the time he was absent.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Manning MacDonald won't run in next election". CBC News. January 6, 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1993" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1993. p. 53. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Premier shuffles cabinet". Government of Nova Scotia. June 27, 1996. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  4. ^ "MacLellan makeover". The Chronicle Herald. July 19, 1997. Archived from the original on February 4, 1998. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Manning's departure prompts Grits to change caucus duties". The Chronicle Herald. January 28, 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1998 (Cape Breton South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1998. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  7. ^ "Six cabinet ministers shelved". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 1998. Archived from the original on November 25, 2004. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  8. ^ "A cabinet with four legs". The Chronicle Herald. April 9, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  9. ^ "Premier MacLellan shuffles cabinet". Government of Nova Scotia. December 11, 1998. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  10. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1999 (Cape Breton South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1999. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  11. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 2003 (Cape Breton South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 2003. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  12. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 2006 (Cape Breton South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 2006. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  13. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 2009 (Cape Breton South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 2009. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  14. ^ "MacDonald continues win streak in Cape Breton South". Cape Breton Post. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  15. ^ "Manning MacDonald won't run in next election". The Chronicle Herald. January 6, 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  16. ^ "Grits, Tories tussle over MLA". The Chronicle Herald. May 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  17. ^ "Vacationing Liberal MLA resigns seat". CBC News. May 29, 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-19. 
  18. ^ "Nova Scotia MLA quits before vote to dock his pay over month-long vacation in Florida". National Post. May 31, 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-19.