Angus MacIsaac

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Not to be confused with Angus MacIsaac (footballer).
Angus MacIsaac
MLA for Guysborough
In office
Preceded by Alexander MacIsaac
Succeeded by Sandy Cameron
MLA for Antigonish
In office
1999 – September 4, 2009
Preceded by Hyland Fraser
Succeeded by Maurice Smith
Personal details
Born June 4, 1943
London, United Kingdom
Political party Progressive Conservative

Angus “Tando” MacIsaac (born June 4, 1943 in London, United Kingdom) is a politician, educator and businessman in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Political career[edit]

Angus MacIsaac's father, Alexander MacIsaac, was MLA of Guysborough prior to October 1968. Upon Alexander MacIsaac's death, a by-election was called. Angus MacIsaac, then 25 years old, ran, and was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly on February 11, 1969. MacIsaac ran as a Progressive Conservative and obtained a 371 vote margin of victory.[1]

MacIsaac was re-elected with a 265 vote margin on October 13, 1970 in a general election.[2]

In 1972, MacIsaac resigned his seat to run federally for the Progressive Conservatives in Cape Breton Highlands—Canso. He made two unsuccessful attempts to win the seat in the 1972 and 1974 federal elections.[3]

MacIsaac made a successful return to political office in the 1999 provincial election, running in the electoral district of Antigonish. He won the seat with just 12 votes more than the Liberal incumbent.[4]

In the 2003 provincial election MacIsaac was re-elected, increasing his margin to 606 votes.[5]

He was one of the strongest supporters of Rodney MacDonald in the 2006 Nova Scotia PC leadership election.[citation needed]

MacIsaac received his largest margin of victory in the 2006 general election, achieving 1676 more votes than his nearest challenger.[6]

MacIsaac was re-elected in the 2009 election with a 275 vote margin over the NDP candidate.[7]

On September 4, 2009, MacIsaac resigned his seat, citing family reasons.[8][9]

During his career in provincial politics, MacIsaac served as Minister of Health, Minister of Education, and Minister of Housing under John Hamm, and during his tenure in Rodney MacDonald's government, served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Minister of Economic Development, and was the Minister of the then newly formed Department of Gaelic Affairs.

Teaching career[edit]

MacIsaac is a graduate of Nova Scotia Teachers College and St. Francis Xavier University where he received a Bachelor of Arts.

When not holding political office, MacIsaac taught at Junior High School and Senior High School levels in Calgary, Canso, Antigonish, and Guysborough.


MacIsaac is married to Mary Ann (née Milner). They have two children.


  1. ^ "Returns of By-Elections for the House of Assembly 1969" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1969. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1970" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1970. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  3. ^ "CAPE BRETON HIGHLANDS—CANSO, Nova Scotia (1966 - 1996)". Elections Canada. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  4. ^ "Election Returns, 1999 (Antigonish)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Election Returns, 2003 (Antigonish)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Election Returns, 2006 (Antigonish)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  7. ^ "Election Returns, 2009 (Antigonish)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  8. ^ "MLA MacIsaac resigns seat". CBC. 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  9. ^ LeBlanc, Corey (September 4, 2009). "Angus MacIsaac steps down". The Casket.