Gary Burrill

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Gary Burrill
Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
Assumed office
February 27, 2016
Preceded by Maureen MacDonald (Interim leader)
MLA for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
In office
June 9, 2009 – October 8, 2013
Preceded by Brooke Taylor
Succeeded by Larry Harrison
Personal details
Born 1955
Woodstock, New Brunswick
Political party New Democrat
Occupation United Church Minister

Gary Clayton Burrill (born 1955)[1] is a Canadian politician and the leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, his father was a United Church minister.[1] In 1978, he graduated from Queen's University in 1978 with a Masters of Arts in History. Burrill taught sociology at Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary's University, and the Maritime School of Social Work.[1] He later graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University, and in 1992 he was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada and became a Minister in Upper Musquodoboit.[1]

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2009 provincial election.[2] He represented the electoral district of Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley as a member of the New Democratic Party until his defeat in the 2013 election.[3]

Burrill was the ministerial assistant for the Minister of Community Services (Housing), and chair of the Veteran's Affairs Committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature, in the government of Darrell Dexter.[4]

On June 11, 2015, Burrill announced he was running for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.[5] On February 27, 2016, Burrill was elected as leader of the Party, winning on the second counting of ballots in the instant-runoff voting system used for this election.[6]

In July 2016, Burrill announced that he will seek the NDP nomination in Halifax Chebucto for the next election.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Burrill, Gary, 1955- MemoryNS
  2. ^ "Burrill shocked by unexpected win in Colchester Musquodoboit Valley". Truro Daily News. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Harrison returns Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley riding to PC fold". Truro Daily News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Ministerial Assistants Announced" (Press release). Government of Nova Scotia. February 10, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Former MLA Gary Burrill joins race to lead provincial New Democrats". The Chronicle Herald. June 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Gary Burrill chosen as new leader of Nova Scotia's NDP". The Chronicle Herald. February 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-27. 
  7. ^ "NDP Leader Gary Burrill to seek Halifax Chebucto nomination". CBC News. July 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-16.