Iain Rankin (politician)

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Iain Rankin
Iain Rankin headshot.jpg
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Timberlea-Prospect
Assumed office
October 8, 2013
Preceded by Bill Estabrooks
Personal details
Born (1983-04-09) April 9, 1983 (age 34)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Nova Scotia Liberal Party
Residence Halifax, Nova Scotia
Website Official website

Iain Rankin (born April 9, 1983) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2013 provincial election. A member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, he represents the electoral district of Timberlea-Prospect.[1]

Early life[edit]

Originally from Mabou, Nova Scotia, Rankin grew up in Timberlea, and is the son of long term HRM city councilor Reg Rankin of District 12. Rankin returned to Nova Scotia in 2011, after living in a number jurisdictions throughout Canada. While living in Ottawa and Quebec, Rankin worked with many non-profit groups, including The Matthew House and the Ottawa Furniture Bank and Refugee Shelter. After working as Director of Operations in commercial development.[2]

Political career[edit]

Rankin first sought election in 2013 and was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. While in government he is the Chair of the Liberal Caucus.[3] He is Vice Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. He is a member of the Assembly Matters and Private & Local Bills Committees. He is also a member of the House of Assembly Management Commission.[2] In 2014, Rankin was elected President to the provincial section of the francophone parliamentarian association, with controversy, when the membership broke from tradition by not electing a member of the opposition party.[4]

On June 15, 2017, Rankin was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Environment.[5]

Electoral record[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Iain Rankin 4,471 51.93 +33.78
     New Democratic Party Linda Moxsom-Skinner 2,230 25.90 -44.31
     Progressive Conservative Dr. Bruce Pretty 1,608 18.86 +10.17
Green Thomas Trappenberg 300 3.50 +0.55


Rankin a rescue dog owner, support the Nova Scotia's Government's plan to make tying pets up for longer than 12 hours illegal.[6] In 2014 with the support of local residents, Rankin participated in a campaign with lawn signs target speeders with message to slow down.[7] Through a private member’s bill and was passed by the legislature, Rankin submitted Bill 176 which will restrict Otter Lake Waste Facility to its current height and size.[8][9][10]


Rankin holds a Golf Club Management Diploma from Holland College and a BBA from Mount Saint Vincent University. Currently Rankin is enrolled in a Master of Arts in International Politics organized by the Centre Européen Recherches Internationales Stratégiques (CERIS) in partnership with the College d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires of the Université Paris.[11]


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia votes: Riding-by-riding results for Halifax region". Metro. October 8, 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Iain Rankin caucus biography". Nova Scotia Liberal Caucus. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  3. ^ "McNeil announces summer shuffle for Nova Scotia cabinet". The Vanguard. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  4. ^ "No love lost as Rankin named to head francophone association". The Chronicle Herald. January 26, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Stephen McNeil shuffles cabinet, but vows not to change course". CBC News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Hundreds gather in N.S. to celebrate provinces intention to ban dog-tethering". CTV News. February 1, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Halifax lawn signs target speeders with message to slow down". CBC News. October 28, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  8. ^ "Otter Lake landfill bill causes commotion". The Chronicle Herald. May 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  9. ^ "Dirty debate: Halifax city council concerned about Otter Lake landfill". Metro. Halifax. May 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  10. ^ "City council flips its municipal lid over new Otter Lake legislation". The Coast. May 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  11. ^ "Meet Iain". 17 December 2015.