Frank Corbett

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The Honourable
Frank Corbett
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Cape Breton Centre
In office
March 24, 1998 – April 2, 2015
Preceded by Russell MacNeil
Succeeded by David Wilton
Minister of the Public Service Commission
In office
June 19, 2009 – March 15, 2013
Preceded by Len Goucher
Succeeded by Marilyn More
Minister of Communications Nova Scotia
In office
June 19, 2009 – March 15, 2013
Preceded by Judy Streatch
Succeeded by Marilyn More
Personal details
Born New Waterford, Nova Scotia
Political party NDP
Residence Lingan, Nova Scotia

Frank Corbett is a former Deputy Premier of Nova Scotia.

He represented the riding of Cape Breton Centre in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1998 to 2015. He was a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.[1]

Corbett was raised in New Waterford and currently resides in Lingan. Corbett worked as a television cameraman for CJCB-TV, the CTV affiliate in Sydney and volunteered with the provincial NDP as well as the labour movement for over 25 years, primarily with the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union.[2]

Political career[edit]

Corbett ran for the NDP nomination in the riding of Cape Breton Centre[3] and was first elected in the 1998 provincial election.[4] Corbett was subsequently re-elected in the 1999, 2003,[5] 2006, 2009[6] and 2013 provincial elections.[7]

Following the 2009 election, Corbett was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Deputy Premier, Minister of the Public Service Commission, and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia.[8] In a March 2013 cabinet shuffle, Corbett was appointed Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, and Minister of Immigration.[9] Along with his cabinet duties, Corbett also served as the Government House Leader.

On November 10, 2009, it was revealed that Corbett had the highest meal expense bills on file amongst cabinet members in the new NDP government.[10] A check of ministers' records showed that Corbett expensed $441.48 for six people at the Keg restaurant in downtown Halifax on June 19, the night he and his 11 cabinet colleagues were sworn in. In July Corbett expensed $332.90 at CUT Steakhouse in Halifax for a dinner meeting for three people. Two nights later he expensed $250.28 at Ryan Duffy’s in Halifax for three people.

These revelations came after a statement released in September 2009 in which Corbett stated that because of the province's projected $590-million deficit, MLAs and staff had to be prepared to "lead by example." When news of Corbett's meal expenses was made public, he was quoted as saying "I screwed up and it won't happen again".[11]

On April 2, 2015, Corbett announced his resignation as MLA.[12]


  1. ^ "Frank Corbett, Gordie Gosse resign from legislature". Cape Breton Post. April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Nova Scotia NDP biography". Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Coal is king in C.B. Centre". The Chronicle Herald. March 11, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Drake now faces fight for union post". The Chronicle Herald. March 26, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  5. ^ "C.B. Liberals buoyed by five-seat snag: 'We're going to be heard'". The Chronicle Herald. August 7, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Corbett landslide winner in Cape Breton Centre". Cape Breton Post. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Corbett re-elected in Cape Breton Centre". Cape Breton Post. October 8, 2013. Archived from the original on October 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Atlantic Canada's 1st NDP government takes office in Nova Scotia". CBC News. June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Nova Scotia cabinet has minor shuffle". Metro. Halifax. March 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Corbett takes early lead in meal expenses". The Chronicle Herald. November 10, 2009. Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
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  12. ^ "NDP MLAs Gordie Gosse, Frank Corbett resign". The Chronicle Herald. April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-02.