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Rodney Joseph MacDonald
|26th Premier of Nova Scotia|
February 24, 2006 – June 19, 2009
|Lieutenant Governor||Myra Freeman
|Preceded by||John Hamm|
|Succeeded by||Darrell Dexter|
|MLA for Inverness|
July 27, 1999 – September 10, 2009
|Preceded by||Charlie MacDonald|
|Succeeded by||Allan MacMaster|
January 2, 1972 |
Mabou, Nova Scotia
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Rodney Joseph MacDonald (born January 2, 1972) is a Canadian politician, educator and musician who served as the 26th Premier of Nova Scotia from 2006 to 2009 and as MLA for the riding of Inverness in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1999 to 2009.
MacDonald graduated from Mabou Consolidated School in 1990, and from St. Francis Xavier University in 1994, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. His teaching career included working for the Strait Regional School board.
MacDonald has toured his fiddle music throughout Atlantic Canada, Central Canada and the northeastern United States. He is also an accomplished step dancer; he began dancing at age four after learning the skill from his parents. MacDonald's first public performance was reportedly at age eight at the Mayflower Shopping Mall in Sydney and he began taking fiddle lessons from his uncle, Kinnon Beaton, at age 12. He has recorded two albums to date: Dancer's Delight (1996) and Traditionally Rockin' (1997, with his cousin Glenn Graham). MacDonald was also included on the 2004 Smithsonian release The Beaton Family of Mabou: Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music. In 1998 he received two nominations for the East Coast Music Awards. He served as V.P. of GlennRod Music Incorporated, which he founded with Graham.
MacDonald was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia in the 1999 provincial election, representing the riding of Inverness in western Cape Breton Island. He was re-elected in 2003. He served in John Hamm's cabinet with various ministerial portfolios including Tourism, Culture & Heritage, Health Promotion, and Immigration. He was also responsible for the Heritage Property Act, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Act, and the Nova Scotia Youth Secretariat.
Following Premier John Hamm's September, 2005 announcement of his intention to retire, MacDonald committed to running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. The leadership race culminated in MacDonald winning the party's leadership on a second ballot on February 11, 2006. He was sworn in as Premier of Nova Scotia on February 24, succeeding Hamm. MacDonald was the second youngest premier in Nova Scotia's history.
In May 2006, after a short session, MacDonald dissolved the legislature, calling an election for June 13, 2006. MacDonald's Progressive Conservatives won a minority government in the 2006 general election and MacDonald retained his seat.
On May 4, 2009, MacDonald's government lost a confidence vote; as a result, a provincial election was called for June 9, 2009 to elect the next government. Although MacDonald was personally re-elected in the riding of Inverness, the Progressive Conservatives lost the election to the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, led by Darrell Dexter.
MacDonald stepped down as Nova Scotia PC Leader on June 24, 2009. He announced on August 5, 2009 that he would be resigning his seat in the legislature before the fall session began. He officially resigned on September 10, 2009.
Life after politics
After resigning as the MLA for Inverness, MacDonald resumed his musical career. He started a consulting business called RMD Developments and invested in Ceilidh Cottages, a campground located in West Mabou, Nova Scotia. In June 2010, MacDonald was appointed to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum board. In September 2011, MacDonald was named CEO of The Cape Breton Gaelic College in St. Anns, Nova Scotia.
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