Halifax Needham

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Halifax Needham
Nova Scotia electoral district
Halifax Needham location.png
Location of Halifax Needham in the Metro Halifax area
Coordinates:Coordinates: 44°39′48″N 63°36′00″W / 44.6632°N 63.600°W / 44.6632; -63.600
Provincial electoral district
LegislatureNova Scotia House of Assembly
MLA
 
 
 
Suzy Hansen
New Democratic
District created1967
Last contested2021
Demographics
Population (2016[2])19,426
Electors15,372[1]
Area (km²)6.00
Pop. density (per km²)3,237.7
Census division(s)Halifax Regional Municipality

Halifax Needham is a provincial electoral district in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, that elects one member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. It has existed since 1967, though its boundaries have changed periodically.

Halifax Needham encompasses what is largely known as the North End of Halifax. It has been held by members of each of the three major political parties in Nova Scotia at different times. The riding was once the home of Liberal Premier Gerald Regan before going to Progressive Conservative Edmund L. Morris for the majority of the 1980s. Morris served as a Member of Parliament for Halifax under Progressive Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker before becoming the Mayor of Halifax. He served in the Provincial Cabinet as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Fisheries, and Social Services.

When he stepped down in 1988, the Progressive Conservatives lost the seat in that election to Gerry O'Malley, who was unseated from his position as Liberal Minister of Supply and Services in 1998. Maureen MacDonald held the seat from 1998 until 2016. The seat is considered a reasonably safe seat for the NDP, though the 2013 election was close, amid a province-wide swing to the Liberals.

It was created in 1966 when Halifax North was divided into three districts, one of which was Halifax City North East. The district was renamed Halifax Needham in 1967. In 2003, it gained an area east of Citadel Hill from Halifax Citadel. In 2013, it lost the area south of Robie Street and east of Young Street to Halifax Chebucto and gained the area north of Bayers Road and east of Connaught Avenue from Halifax Chebucto.[3]

Members of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

This riding has elected the following Members of the Legislative Assembly:

Legislature Years Member Party
49th 1967–1970     Gerald Regan Liberal
50th 1970–1974
51st 1974–1978
52nd 1978–1980
1980–1981 Edmond L. Morris Progressive Conservative
53rd 1981–1984
54th 1984–1988
55th 1988–1993     Gerry O'Malley Liberal
56th 1993–1998
57th 1998–1999 Maureen MacDonald New Democratic
58th 1999–2003
59th 2003–2006
60th 2006–2009
61st 2009–2013
62nd 2013–2016
2016–2017 Lisa Roberts New Democratic
63rd 2017–2021
64th 2021–present Suzy Hansen New Democratic

Geography[edit]

The land-area of Halifax Needham is 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi).

Election results[edit]

1967 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Liberal Gerald Regan 3,354
     Prog. Cons. Cecil Moore 3,252
  N.D.P. Buddy Daye 355
1970 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Liberal Gerald Regan 4,514
     Prog. Cons. David MacKeen 2,887
  N.D.P. Alasdair Sinclair 392
1974 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Liberal Gerald Regan 4,364
  Progressive Conservative James H. Vaughan 1,854
  New Democratic Party Martin Dolin 879
1978 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Liberal Gerald Regan 3,553 43.38
  Progressive Conservative Pat Curran 3,416 41.70
  New Democratic Party James "Dusty" Miller 1,222 14.92
May 6, 1980 by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Progressive Conservative Edmund Morris 2,618 44.30
  Liberal Dan Clarke 2,592 43.86
  New Democratic Party Burnley "Rocky" Jones 700 11.84
1981 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Progressive Conservative Edmund Morris 3,300 38.05
  Liberal Dan Clarke 2,801 32.30
  New Democratic Party Phil Davis 2,572 29.66
1984 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Progressive Conservative Edmund Morris 3,173 39.97
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 2,514 31.67
  Liberal Walter Fitzgerald 2,208 27.81
     Labour Bernice Kaizer 44 0.55
1988 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Liberal Gerry O'Malley 3,469 41.91
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 2,693 32.53
  Progressive Conservative Randy Dewell 2,116 25.56
1993 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Liberal Gerry O'Malley 4,527 45.18
  New Democratic Party Innis MacDonald 3,555 35.48
  Progressive Conservative Ron Walker Milsom 1,852 18.48
Natural Law Party Ian Temple 85 0.85
1998 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 4,837 58.51
  Liberal Gerry O'Malley 2,506 30.31
  Progressive Conservative Atho Kartsaklis 924 11.18
1999 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 3,525 44.95
  Progressive Conservative Linda Carvery 2,185 27.86
  Liberal Mike Rogers 1,970 25.12
Nova Scotia Party Scott Higgins 162 2.07
2003 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 3,709 50.26
  Liberal Mike Rogers 2,178 29.51
  Progressive Conservative Linda Carvery 1,377 18.66
Nova Scotia Party Blair Baxter 116 1.57
Total valid votes 7,380 100.00
Total rejected ballots 59 0.79
Turnout 7,439 55.17
Electors on the lists 13,484
2006 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 4,438 60.62 +10.36
  Progressive Conservative Andrew Black 1,330 18.17 -0.49
  Liberal Dr. Errol Guam 1,220 16.66 -12.85
Green Amanda Myers 333 4.55
Total valid votes 7,321 100.00
Total rejected ballots 32 0.44
Turnout 7,353 49.85
Electors on the lists 14,750
New Democratic hold Swing +5.43
2009 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 5,336 67.30 +6.86
  Liberal Graham Estabrooks 1,690 21.31 +4.65
  Progressive Conservative Jason Cameron 536 6.76 -11.41
Green Kris MacLellan 367 4.63 +0.08
Total valid votes 7,929 100.00
Total rejected ballots 31 0.39
Turnout 7,960 49.01
Electors on the lists 16,241
New Democratic hold Swing +1.01
2009 Nova Scotia general election redistributed results
Party Vote %
  New Democratic 5,013 67.24
  Liberal 1,632 21.89
  Progressive Conservative 491 6.59
  Green 319 4.28
2013 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  New Democratic Party Maureen MacDonald 3,392 43.99 -23.25
  Liberal Chris Poole 3,115 40.40 +18.51
  Progressive Conservative Mary D.S. Hamblin 834 10.82 +4.23
Green Kris MacLellan 369 4.79 +0.51
Total valid votes 7,710 100.00
Total rejected ballots 72 0.93
Turnout 7,782 50.43
Electors on the lists 15,432
New Democratic hold Swing -20.88
August 30, 2016 by-election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  New Democratic Party Lisa Roberts 2,519 50.97 +6.98
  Liberal Rod Wilson 1,662 33.63 -6.77
  Progressive Conservative Andy Arsenault 600 12.14 +1.32
Green Thomas Trappenberg 161 3.26 -1.53
Total valid votes 4,942 100.00
Total rejected ballots 21 0.42 -0.50
Turnout 4,963 32.50 -17.93
Electors on the lists 15,270
New Democratic hold Swing +6.87
2017 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Lisa Roberts 3,880 51.4 +0.43
Liberal Melinda Daye 2,075 27.5 -6.13
Progressive Conservative Matthew Donahoe 1,135 15.0 +2.86
Green Andrew Jamieson 465 6.2 +2.94
Total valid votes 7,599 45.9
Total rejected ballots 44
Eligible voters 16,558
New Democratic hold Swing -3.28
Source: Elections Nova Scotia[4][5]
2017 provincial election redistributed results[6]
Party Vote %
  New Democratic 4,007 51.29
  Liberal 2,220 28.42
  Progressive Conservative 1,125 14.40
  Green 460 5.89
2021 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Suzy Hansen 5,409 59.02 +7.73
Liberal Colin Coady 2,617 28.56 +0.14
Progressive Conservative Scott Ellis 972 10.61 -3.79
Green Kai Trappenberg 166 1.81 -4.08
Total valid votes 9,164 99.61
Total rejected ballots 36 0.39
Turnout 9,200 54.25
Eligible voters 16,957
New Democratic hold Swing +3.80

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Halifax Needham By-election". electionsnovascotia.ca. Elections Nova Scotia.
  2. ^ "Finding a Primary Care Provider in Nova Scotia; August 2019 Report" (PDF). nshealth.ca. Nova Scotia Health Authority. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ Halifax Needham - Constituency History Nova Scotia Legislature
  4. ^ "Statement of Votes & Statistics, Volume I" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  5. ^ "May 30th, 2017 - 40th Nova Scotia Provincial General Election". Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  6. ^ Transposition of Votes from the 2017 Provincial General Election to 2019 Electoral District Boundaries

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