Nova Scotia New Democratic Party leadership elections

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This page lists the results of leadership elections held by the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. The position of party leader was not officially created until the 1966 convention . From the Nova NDP's formation in 1962 until 1966 the party president was James H. Aitchison who served as de facto leader.

1966 leadership convention[edit]

(Held in November 1966)

1968 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on November 9, 1968)

1980 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on November 16, 1980)

1996 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on March 30, 1996)

2000 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on July 15, 2000)

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (Bitter-Suermann eliminated. Peters withdrew):

Third Ballot (Maureen MacDonald eliminated):

MacDonald was unable to gain election to the House of Assembly and resigned on April 30, 2001. Darrell Dexter was chosen interim leader.

2002 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on June 2, 2002)

Next leadership convention[edit]

A leadership election is expected to be held following the resignation of Darrell Dexter.

See also[edit]


  • Beck, J. Murray, Politics of Nova Scotia, vol.2. Four East Publications, 1988.
  • Carty, Kenneth R et al., Leaders and Parties in Canadian Politics: Experiences of the Provinces. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Canada, 1992.
  • Stewart,Ian and Stewart, David K. "Conventional choices : Maritime leadership politics" University of British Columbia Press, 2007.