Ed Kinley

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Ed Kinley
MLA for Halifax Citadel
In office
November 4, 1997 – March 24, 1998
Preceded by Terry Donahoe
Succeeded by Peter Delefes
Personal details
Born (1932-01-16)January 16, 1932
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died January 19, 2015(2015-01-19) (aged 83)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Occupation surgeon

Cecil Edwin Kinley (January 16, 1932 – January 19, 2015) was a Canadian politician and heart surgeon. He represented the electoral district of Halifax Citadel in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from November 1997 to March 1998. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in 1932 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kinley graduated with a medical degree from Dalhousie University in 1956.[2] He married Sara Jane Hawk.[2] In 1963, Kinley joined the Dalhousie Surgery Department, where he practiced until 1998.[3] Considered to be a pioneer in the cardiovascular surgery field, Kinley performed the first adult open heart surgery and coronary bypass in Nova Scotia.[4] Kinley started the cardiac surgery program at the IWK Children's Hospital and adult cardiac surgery at the Victoria General Hospital.[5] He also established the first cardiac intensive care unit in Atlantic Canada,[5] and implanted the first pacemaker in Atlantic Canada live on CBC Television.[4]

Political career[edit]

Kinley entered provincial politics in 1997, running as the Liberal candidate in a byelection for the Halifax Citadel riding.[6] On November 4, 1997, he defeated NDP candidate Peter Delefes by 165 votes to win the byelection.[7][8] In the 1998 election, initial results had Kinley losing to Delefes by 125 votes.[9] However, there was some confusion over the calculation of poll results and Delefes' margin of victory was reduced to 40 when official results were announced.[10] A judicial recount was held on April 14, and Delefes was officially declared elected by 37 votes.[11][12]

Kinley ran again in the 1999 election,[13] but finished third as Progressive Conservative Jane Purves won the seat, defeating Delefes by 434 votes.[14] In April 2000, Kinley was elected president of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.[15]

Later life[edit]

Following his political career, Kinley continued to assist during major surgeries, while performing some smaller surgeries until his retirement at age 76.[16] In 2013, Kinley was a recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia.[3][5]

Kinley died on January 19, 2015.[4]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Halifax Citadel" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Dr. Cecil E. Kinley Jr.". Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Order of Nova Scotia: Recipients–2013". Government of Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dr. Ed Kinley, medical pioneer, dies at 83". CBC News. January 21, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  5. ^ a b c "Peace educator among five to receive Order of Nova Scotia". The Chronicle Herald. November 27, 2013. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  6. ^ "Vote big test for Liberals". The Chronicle Herald. November 4, 1997. Archived from the original on June 5, 2000. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  7. ^ "Kinley edges Delefes in tight race". The Chronicle Herald. November 5, 1997. Archived from the original on June 6, 2000. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  8. ^ "Return of By-elections for the House of Assembly 1997" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 25. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  9. ^ "NDP takes metro". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  10. ^ "Delefes still an MLA". The Chronicle Herald. April 1, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  11. ^ "Recount confirms NDP win in Halifax Citadel". The Chronicle Herald. April 15, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  12. ^ "Election Returns, 1998 (Halifax Citadel)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  13. ^ "Kinley, Delefes prepare for rubber match". The Chronicle Herald. July 16, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  14. ^ "Election Returns, 1999 (Halifax Citadel)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  15. ^ "NS Liberals choose new president". CBC News. April 3, 2000. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  16. ^ Martin, Samantha (April 8, 2014). "N.S. adds age assessments". Medical Post.