Stewart McInnes

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Stewart Donald McInnes
Member of Parliament
for Halifax
In office
Preceded by Gerald Regan
Succeeded by Mary Clancy
Personal details
Born (1937-07-24) July 24, 1937 (age 77)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative

Stewart Donald McInnes, PC, QC (born July 24, 1937) is a lawyer, arbitrator and former politician.


In 1954, while studying at Dalhousie University, he became a brother in the Sigma Chi fraternity, who later named him a Significant Sig.[1]

Law career[edit]

From 1961 to 1999, McInnes was a senior partner in the Halifax, Nova Scotia law firm of McInnes, Cooper, and appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also served as the president of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association from 1983 to 1984.

Political career[edit]

In the 1984 general election, he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Halifax, defeating Liberal Cabinet minister and former Premier of Nova Scotia Gerald Regan.

In 1985, he was appointed to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's cabinet as Minister of Supply and Services. From 1986 until 1988, he concurrently held the positions of Minister of Public Works and Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

McInnes was defeated in the 1988 federal election by Liberal Mary Clancy due, in part, to the unpopularity of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement in Atlantic Canada. He returned to his law practice full-time.

After politics[edit]

He is a certified arbitrator and mediator, and has focussed professionally in those areas since leaving politics. McInnes served as Director of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada from 1993 to 1995, and as director of the Atlantic Arbitration and Mediation Institute from 1993 to 1994. In 1996, he was on the International Mediation Centre’s advisory board, and in 1999, he was a panel member of the Canadian Foundation for Dispute Resolution. He has lectured and written extensively on the topic of mediation and arbitration.

Since leaving the House of Commons, McInnes has remained active in politics as a fundraiser for the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.

Political life[edit]

He now resides in Halifax with his wife Shirley and daughters Sarah, who is in her third year at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and Connie, who is in her final year at St. Francis Xavier University.


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