Russell Cunningham (Canadian politician)

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Russell Cunningham
Leader of the
Nova Scotia Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
In office
1945–1953
Preceded by Donald MacDonald
Succeeded by Michael J. MacDonald
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Leader of the Official Opposition
In office
1945–1949
Succeeded by Robert Stanfield, Progressive Conservative
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Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
October 23, 1945 – October 30, 1956
Preceded by Douglas N Brodie
Succeeded by N. Layton Fergusson (Conservative)
Constituency Cape Breton East Flag of Nova Scotia.svg
Personal details
Political party Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
Occupation Trade Unionist
Religion Presbyterian

Russell Cunningham was a Canadian social democratic politician from Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He was the leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in Nova Scotia from 1945[1] until 1953. He succeeded Donald MacDonald as the party's leader, after MacDonald lost his seat in the 1945 general election.[2] He represented the electoral district (riding) of Cape Breton East in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1945 until 1956.[3] Due to the Conservatives not electing a single member to the Assembly, Cunningham became the leader of the Official Opposition during the 44th General Assembly of Nova Scotia.[1] Even though the CCF lost a seat, it was the first time they ever were the Official Opposition. Their successor party, the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NDP) would not duplicate that accomplishment again until 1998, over 50 years later.[citation needed]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elections Returns, 1945" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Donald MacDonald". Government of Canada. Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Elections Returns, 1956" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1957. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 

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