Bill Estabrooks

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The Honourable
Bill Estabrooks
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Timberlea-Prospect
In office
March 24, 1998 – October 8, 2013
Preceded by Bruce Holland
Succeeded by Iain Rankin
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
In office
June 19, 2009 – May 30, 2012
Preceded by Brooke Taylor
Succeeded by Maurice Smith
Minister of Energy
In office
June 19, 2009 – January 11, 2011
Preceded by Barry Barnet
Succeeded by Charlie Parker
Personal details
Born (1947-07-26) July 26, 1947 (age 69)
Sackville, New Brunswick
Political party New Democrat
Residence Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia
Occupation School teacher

Bill Estabrooks (born July 26, 1947) is a retired Canadian educator and politician from Nova Scotia.[1]

A native of Sackville, New Brunswick, Estabrooks attended Mount Allison University from which he graduated in 1969. Estabrooks found employment as a teacher in the communities around Halifax, Nova Scotia, residing in the suburban community of Upper Tantallon. He has long been involved in local chapters of the Lions Club as well as volunteering with local hockey and football teams. He is also a recipient of the Lions International Presidents’ Recognition Award and the Medal of Bravery from the Governor General.

Political career[edit]

Estabrooks ran for the nomination of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party in the riding of Timberlea-Prospect in 1998. He was elected in the 1998 Nova Scotia election and was subsequently re-elected in the 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2009 provincial elections.

Estabrooks was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia in June 2009 where he served as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Minister of Energy until his resignation from cabinet in May 2012.[2][3]

On September 10, 2010, Estabrooks announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in November 2008.[4] He continued to serve in cabinet until his resignation on May 30, 2012. Estabrooks also announced his decision to not seek re-election in the next provincial election due to his health concerns.[2]


  1. ^ Gale, T.; Group, G. (1999). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. Gale Group. ISSN 0315-6168. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "First female finance minister appointed in N.S.". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. May 30, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bill Estabrooks". Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Estabrooks has Parkinson's disease". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. September 10, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2012.