Barry Barnet

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The Honourable
Barry Barnett
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville
Sackville-Beaver Bank (1999-2003)
In office
July 27, 1999 – June 9, 2009
Preceded by Rosemary Godin
Succeeded by Mat Whynott
Personal details
Born (1961-06-13) June 13, 1961 (age 56)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia
Occupation real estate agent

Barry Barnet (born June 13, 1961) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Sackville-Beaver Bank and Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1999 to 2009. He was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.[1]

Barnet was elected a municipal councilor for Halifax County, Nova Scotia in 1993, and served on Halifax Regional Council following the formation of the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996.[2] He entered provincial politics in the 1999 election, defeating New Democrat incumbent Rosemary Godin in the Sackville-Beaver Bank riding.[3] He was re-elected in the 2003 election.[4] In August 2003, Barnet was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, and Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.[5][6]

When Rodney MacDonald took over as premier in February 2006, Barnet remained Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, but was moved to Minister of Health Promotion and Protection, and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia.[7] Barnet was re-elected in the 2006 election,[8] and was given a new role in cabinet as Minister of Volunteerism, while retaining the positions he held prior to the election.[9] In January 2009, Barnet was named Minister of Energy and Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, while continuing to serve as Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.[10][11] Barnet was defeated by New Democrat Mat Whynott when he ran for re-election in 2009.[12][13]

As of January 2010, Barnet is the Executive Director of the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Nova Scotia.[14]


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  2. ^ "Cabinet biography". Nova Scotia Legislature. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  3. ^ "July 27, 1999 Nova Scotia provincial general election (Sackville-Beaver Bank)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1999. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville". CBC News. August 5, 2003. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  5. ^ "Barnet to look out for black N.S.". The Chronicle Herald. August 19, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  6. ^ "New faces, new jobs among 15 in cabinet". The Chronicle Herald. August 16, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  7. ^ "MacDonald mixes cabinet with old and new". CBC News. February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville". CBC News. June 13, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  9. ^ "MacDonald's expanded cabinet has 3 rookies". CBC News. June 26, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  10. ^ "N.S. Premier Rodney MacDonald shuffles cabinet; one new face". Cape Breton Post. January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  11. ^ "Time for a change". The Chronicle Herald. January 8, 2009. Archived from the original on January 22, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  12. ^ "Hammonds Plains-Upper Sackville". CBC News. June 9, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  13. ^ "Nine Tory cabinet ministers bounced". The Chronicle Herald. June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  14. ^ "Ex-Tory minister Barnet lands job with ATV group". The Chronicle Herald. January 4, 2010.