Nova Scotia Liberal Party leadership election, 2007
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The Nova Scotia Liberal Party held a leadership election on April 27, 2007 at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, following the resignation of Francis MacKenzie, shortly after failing to win a seat in the 2006 election. This was the third leadership convention for the Liberals since 2002. It was won by Annapolis MLA Stephen McNeil.
The Liberal Party is a centrist political party in the Province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is, with the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia and New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia, one of three parties that have formed a government in the province. The Liberal Party of Nova Scotia has controlled the government for much of the province's history, having been in power from Canadian Confederation in 1867 to 1878, 1882 to 1925, 1933 to 1956, 1970 to 1978 and 1993 to 1999. However, from the 1999 election until the 2009 election it was relegated to third party status behind the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia. In 2009, under McNeil's leadership, the party returned to official opposition status as the second largest party in the legislature.
The new leader was chosen by a full delegated convention, the first in the party since 1986, after which time the party had adopted a one member one vote system used in the 1992 and all subsequent leadership contests.
- Kenzie MacKinnon, lawyer and three-time Liberal candidate 
- Stephen McNeil, MLA for Annapolis 
- Mike Smith, mayor of Colchester County
- Diana Whalen, MLA for Halifax-Clayton Park 
Various members of the party announced that they would not seek the leadership. Among them were interim leader Michel Samson, Dartmouth physician John Gillis, and Liberal MPs Geoff Regan, Scott Brison, and Michael Savage,
The following is a list of high-profile endorsers for each of the candidates; the list includes MLAs, MPs, and Senators, as well as former MLAs, Premiers, and Lieutenant-Governors.
- Mary Clancy, former MP for Halifax
- Russell MacLellan, former Premier of Nova Scotia
- Allan J. MacEachen, former MP and Deputy Prime Minister
- Jim Cowan, Senator
- Rodger Cuzner, Liberal MP for Cape Breton-Canso
- Don Downe, former MLA, Lunenburg West
- Leo Glavine, MLA for Kings West
- Dr. Jim Smith, former MLA, Dartmouth East
- Harold "Junior" Theriault, MLA for Digby-Annapolis
- Robert Thibault, Liberal MP for West Nova
- Wayne Gaudet, MLA for Clare
- Kirk Cox, former candidate, Shelburne
- Aldric d'Entremont, Warden, Municipality of Argyle
- Lloyd Hines, Warden, Municipality of the District of Guysborough
- Glenn Horne, President, St. F.X. Young Liberals
- Dennis James, former President NS Young Liberals, Chief of Staff to Premier John Savage, Former Federal Candidate
- Ed Kinley, former MLA for Halifax Citadel
- Ed Lorraine, former MLA and provincial Minister of Agriculture
- Kenneth MacAskill, former MLA and provincial Minister of Natural Resources
- Richie Mann, President of Dartmouth Cole Harbour, former MLA, former Minister of Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development
- Duart McAuley, Warden, Municipality of the County of Inverness
- Traci-Lyn McMenamon, VP Hants East Liberal Association
- Eleanor Norrie, former MLA Truro-Bible Hill, former Minister of Natural Resources, Housing and Consumer Affairs, and Status of Women
- Lorraine Sheppard, Cape Breton South, past member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party Management Committee
- Gordon Thompson, President, Yarmouth Liberal Association
- Floyd Tucker, former MLA for Colchester North
- Alan Abraham, former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
- Wayne Adams, former Liberal MLA
- Carolyn Bennett, Liberal MP for St. Paul's
- Bernie Boudreau, former MLA and Senator
- Scott Brison, Liberal MP for Kings—Hants
- Garnet Brown, former Liberal MLA
- Keith Colwell, MLA for Preston
- Jane Cordy, Senator
- Geoff Regan, Liberal MP for Halifax West
- Dave Wilson, MLA for Glace Bay
Caucus members who did not endorse a candidate
- Manning MacDonald, MLA for Cape Breton South
- Michel Samson, MLA for Richmond, was the interim leader and remained neutral in the leadership race.
Party general meeting
In addition to the leadership convention, the party will hold its Annual General Meeting including the election of officers, adoption of policies and potential constitutional amendments.
Spoiled Ballots: 0
- Kenzie MacKinnon is eliminated with the lowest vote total. He gives his support to Diana Whalen.
- Mike Smith chooses to withdraw and support Whalen.
Spoiled Ballots: 0
- Stephen McNeil wins the 2007 Liberal Leadership race.
- January 10: Mike Smith, the mayor of Colchester County, becomes the first registered candidate, launching his campaign in Truro.
- January 12: Interim leader Michel Samson announces that he will not run for party leadership.
- January 18: Halifax-Clayton Park MLA Diana Whalen becomes the second and highest profile candidate in the race, launching her campaign in Halifax.
- January 19: Kenzie MacKinnon announces that he will enter the leadership race.
- January 30: Annapolis MLA Stephen McNeil becomes the second MLA to enter the race; he is the first to have endorsements from current MLAs.
- April 28: Stephen McNeil elected for leader.
- Leadership convention for more information about the selection of party leaders in Canada.
- "Lawyer MacKinnon joins race for N.S. Liberal leader". CBC News. January 19, 2007.
- "MLA McNeil launches Grit leadership bid". CBC News. January 30, 2007.
- "Mike Smith launches Liberal leadership bid". CBC News. January 10, 2007.
- "Whalen launches Grit leadership bid". CBC News. January 18, 2007.
- Nova Scotia News - TheChronicleHerald.ca
- Nova Scotia Liberal Party
- "Samson stays out of Grit leadership race". CBC News (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2007-01-13.