Denise Peterson-Rafuse

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The Honourable
Denise Peterson-Rafuse
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Chester-St. Margaret's
In office
June 9, 2009 – May 30, 2017
Preceded by Judy Streatch
Succeeded by Hugh MacKay
Minister of Community Services
In office
June 19, 2009 – October 22, 2013
Preceded by Chris d'Entremont
Succeeded by Joanne Bernard
Minister for Seniors
In office
June 19, 2009 – October 22, 2013
Preceded by Len Goucher
Succeeded by Leo Glavine
Personal details
Political party New Democrat

Denise J. Peterson-Rafuse is a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Chester-St. Margaret's in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2009-2017 as a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.

In 2009, Peterson-Rafuse successfully ran for the New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Chester-St. Margaret's. Peterson-Rafuse was elected in the 2009 provincial election[1] and was re-elected in the 2013 provincial election.[2]

On June 19, 2009, Peterson-Rafuse was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Community Services, Minister responsible for Seniors and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and chair of the Senior Citizens' Secretariat.[3]

In March 2016, Peterson-Rafuse was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.[4] On April 6, 2016, Peterson-Rafuse announced that she would be taking a leave of absence to deal with her diagnosis.[5]

In the 2017 election, Peterson-Rafuse was defeated by Liberal Hugh MacKay.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     New Democratic Party Denise Peterson-Rafuse 3341 35.25
     Progressive Conservative Janet Elizabeth Irwin 3193 33.69
     Liberal Timothy Whitman Harris 2943 31.06
Nova Scotia general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     New Democratic Party Denise Peterson-Rafuse 4835 48.09
     Progressive Conservative Judy Streatch 2762 27.47
     Liberal Jo-Ann Grant 2122 21.11
Green Ryan Cameron 335 3.33


  1. ^ "'Perfect storm' boosts NDP support outside HRM". Metro. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Rafuse one of few NDP to keep seat". The Chronicle Herald. October 9, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Atlantic Canada's 1st NDP government takes office in Nova Scotia". CBC News. June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  4. ^ "MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse says MS diagnosis has provided insight". CBC News. July 11, 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  5. ^ "N.S. MLA taking time off work after MS diagnosis". CTV News. April 6, 2016. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Liberal Hugh MacKay defeats NDP Denise Peterson-Rafuse in Chester-St. Margaret's". Global News. May 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 

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