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PC, QC, ECNS
|19th Premier of Nova Scotia|
28 October 1970 – 5 October 1978
|Lieutenant Governor||Victor de Bedia Oland
|Preceded by||G.I. Smith|
|Succeeded by||John Buchanan|
|MLA for Halifax Needham|
30 May 1967 – 18 February 1980
|Preceded by||New Riding|
|Succeeded by||Edmund L. Morris|
|MP for Halifax|
8 April 1963 – 8 November 1965
Serving with Robert McCleave
|Preceded by||Edmund Morris|
|Succeeded by||Michael Forrestall|
18 February 1980 – 4 September 1984
|Preceded by||George Cooper|
|Succeeded by||Stewart McInnes|
|Born||Gerald Augustine Paul Regan
February 13, 1928
Windsor, Nova Scotia
|Spouse(s)||Anita Carole Thomas Harrison|
Early life and education
Regan was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, the son of Rose Mary (née Greene) and Walter Edward Regan. He has Irish ancestry. Regan graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society in 1954.
He became one of the region's best known labour lawyers, and his high-profile image led to an invitation to enter politics.
He was first elected to the House of Commons in the 1963 federal election. He resigned his seat in 1965 when he was named leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. Regan entered the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in 1967, and aggressively pursued the government of Premier George Isaac Smith as Leader of the opposition. Regan led a fourteen-hour filibuster against the government's plans to increase the sales tax in 1969.
As premier, Regan supported industrialization and the development of offshore gas and oil. His first government amended the province's labour code to prevent courts from issuing injunctions to prevent picketing in labour disputes, and the office of the provincial ombudsman was established. In its second term, the Regan government nationalized the Nova Scotia Light and Power electrical utility, and consolidated electricity supply under the Nova Scotia Power Corporation. A massive plan for the development of tidal power in the Bay of Fundy was also announced.
Regan returned to the federal House of Commons in the 1980 federal election, and was appointed Minister of Labour and Minister of State for International Trade in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Regan was defeated along with the Liberal government in the 1984 election.
Criminal charges and controversy
On October 27, 1993, CBC News revealed that the RCMP were investigating Regan for sexual misconduct. In March 1995 and May 1995 he was charged with a total of nineteen counts of sexual offences. As of April 2, 1998, there were eighteen charges, but nine were stayed by Justice J. Michael MacDonald of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Regan ultimately faced trial on eight charges including rape, attempted rape and forcible confinement, for crimes allegedly committed in 1956 and 1969 against victims aged 14 and 18 at the time. On December 18, 1998, he was acquitted on all eight charges by a jury.
On September 10, 1999, by a margin of 2–1, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal reinstated the nine stayed charges; two were later dropped, but the others were to be tried together with the other remaining charge. The ruling reinstating the charges was upheld in a 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in February 2002. But in April 2002, the crown attorney's office announced that it would not continue prosecution on the remaining charges of sexual assault due to the age of the allegations, the cost and the age of the defendant.
Regan's wife is Anita Carole Thomas (Harrison), whose father, John Harrison, was a Saskatchewan Liberal Member of Parliament. His son Geoff Regan is the current Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons and was first elected as a Liberal MP in 1993. From 2003 until 2006, he served as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the government of Paul Martin. Two of his daughters are also well-known: Nancy Regan was a local television personality with ATV, and Laura Regan is an actress.
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- Batten, D.; O'Handley, K. Canadian Parliamentary Guide: Parlementaire Canadien. Gale. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Kimber, S. (1999). Not Guilty: The Surprising Trial of Gerald Regan. Stoddart. ISBN 9780773731929. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Canada. Parliament; Normandin, P.G. (1990). Guide Parlementaire Canadien. P. G. Normandin. ISSN 0315-6168. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Gerald Regan – Parliament of Canada biography, Accessed 14 April 2011.
- Kimber, Stephen (April 25, 2002). "Gerald Regan Case Update". The Coast. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- Kevin Cox (1995-03-16). "Regan seeks inquiry over charges". Globe and Mail. p. A1.
- Kevin Cox (1995-05-31). "More sex charges filed against Regan". Globe and Mail. p. A3.
- Kevin Cox (1998-04-03). "Regan to stand trial on nine sex charges". Globe and Mail. p. A1.
- Kevin Cox (1998-11-04). "Jury selection in Regan trial set to start". Globe and Mail. p. A8.
- Kevin Cox (1998-11-24). "Regan accuser insists attack real". Globe and Mail. p. A3.
- John DeMont (1998-12-28). "Regan acquitted". Retrieved 2017-06-05.
- Crown Retains New Counsel for Appeal Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
- Appeal court reserves decision in Regan case CBC News
- Kevin Cox (1999-12-03). "Regan denies second set of sex charges". Globe and Mail. p. A7.
- Sex assault charges reinstated against Gerald Regan CBC News
- Regan Prosecution Will Not Proceed Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
|23rd Ministry – Cabinet of John Turner|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Jean Chrétien||Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources
|22nd Ministry – Second cabinet of Pierre Trudeau|
|Cabinet posts (6)|
|position created||Minister for International Trade
|'||Minister of State (International Trade)
|Francis Fox||Secretary of State for Canada
|'||Minister of Amateur Sport
|Lincoln Alexander||Minister of Labour
|'||Minister of State (Sports)