Gordie Gosse

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Gordie Gosse
Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
In office
January 19, 2011 – October 24, 2013
Preceded by Charlie Parker
Succeeded by Kevin Murphy
MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier
In office
October 8, 2013 – April 2, 2015
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Derek Mombourquette
MLA for Cape Breton Nova
In office
August 5, 2003 – October 8, 2013
Preceded by Paul MacEwan
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born Sydney, Nova Scotia
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Susan
Children two sons
Residence Whitney Pier, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Occupation youth worker

Gordon Leonard Gosse, Jr. is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Cape Breton Nova and Sydney-Whitney Pier in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2003 to 2015. He was a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.[1]

A native of Sydney's Whitney Pier neighbourhood, Gosse is a third generation steel worker, having worked for Sydney Steel Corporation for 18 years. An amateur athlete, Gosse also worked as a youth worker and served as Executive Director of the Whitney Pier Youth Club for 10 years.[2] Gosse was an active member of the Whitney Pier Memorial Junior High School Advisory Council, the Youth Resource Association, the Health Studies Working Group (Joint Action Group), the Community Health and Safety Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of the local YMCA.

Political career[edit]

In 1999, Gosse successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in the riding of Cape Breton Nova,[3] but was defeated by incumbent Paul MacEwan in the 1999 provincial election.[4] In 2003, Gosse was again nominated as the NDP candidate in the riding.[5] He was elected in the 2003 provincial election, achieving 44.54% of the vote and winning by a margin of 74 votes.[6] He was re-elected in the 2006 provincial election with 60.92%, an increase of 2521 votes.[7] He was re-elected in the 2009 provincial election with 71.07% and a margin of 3186 votes over his closest challenger.[8][9] The riding of Cape Breton Nova was abolished following the 2012 electoral boundaries review. Gosse was re-elected in the new riding of Sydney-Whitney Pier in the 2013 provincial election with 49.37% and a margin of 550 votes over his closest challenger.[10]

On January 19, 2011, Gosse was elected Speaker of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia and held that position until October 24, 2013.[11] While serving as Speaker, Gosse also served as Chair of the House of Assembly Management Commission as well as Chair of the Assembly Matters Committee. In appreciation for his work as Speaker of the House, Gosse was gifted a pair of boxing gloves signed by former Canadian heavyweight boxing champ, George Chuvalo from his legislature colleagues in all three political parties.[12] While serving as Speaker, Gosse implemented a strict policy banning the use of mobile devices, including smart phones in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly during Question Period, stating that he would order the Sergeant-at-Arms to confiscate any device should the rule be violated.[13]

On April 2, 2015, Gosse announced his resignation as MLA.[14]

Election results[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013: Sydney-Whitney Pier
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Gordie Gosse 5,084 49.37 -5.25
Liberal Derek Mombourquette 4,534 44.03 +8.80
Progressive Conservative Leslie MacPhee 680 6.60 -1.79
Total valid votes 10,298 99.40
Total rejected ballots 62 0.60
Turnout 10,360 57.86
Electors on the lists 17,906
New Democratic hold Swing -7.03

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Sydney-Whitney Pier" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Whitney Pier Youth Club". whitneypier.org. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Gosse NDP hopeful in Cape Breton Nova". The Chronicle Herald. June 30, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Complete Poll By Poll Results - Cape Breton Nova" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1999. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Cape Breton Nova votes for the man, not the party". The Chronicle Herald. July 26, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Complete Poll By Poll Results - Cape Breton Nova" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 2003. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Complete Poll By Poll Results - Cape Breton Nova" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 2006. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Complete Poll By Poll Results - Cape Breton Nova" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 2009. Retrieved October 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gosse wins in Nova; eager to be part of province's first NDP government". Cape Breton Post. June 10, 2009. Retrieved December 14, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Gosse elected in Sydney-Whitney Pier". Cape Breton Post. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Gosse declared Speaker of N.S. legislature". CBC News. January 19, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gosse gets gift of gloves to gird up for House spats". The Chronicle Herald. April 29, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ "N.S. MLAs warned to put away BlackBerrys". CBC News. May 2, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ "NDP MLAs Gordie Gosse, Frank Corbett resign". The Chronicle Herald. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 

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