Buddy MacEachern

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James "Buddy" MacEachern
Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
In office
October 1980 – November 1980
Preceded by Jeremy Akerman
Succeeded by Alexa McDonough
MLA for Cape Breton Centre
In office
Preceded by Mike Laffin
Succeeded by Mike Laffin
Personal details
Born (1940-06-29) June 29, 1940 (age 77)
Sydney, Nova Scotia
Political party New Democratic Party

James "Buddy" MacEachern (born June 29, 1940) is a former Nova Scotia politician and fisherman. He represented the electoral district of Cape Breton Centre in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1974 to 1981. He was a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.[1]

MacEachern was born in 1940 at Sydney, Nova Scotia.[2] In the 1974 provincial election, MacEachern defeated Progressive Conservative incumbent Mike Laffin to win the Cape Breton Centre riding.[3][4] He was re-elected in the 1978 election,[5] and in 1980 became the party's interim leader following the resignation of Jeremy Akerman.[6] He served for a month until a leadership convention elected Alexa McDonough as leader.[7] At the convention, MacEachern was also a candidate, finishing third.[7] In the 1981 election, MacEachern was defeated by the riding's former MLA, Mike Laffin.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Cape Breton Centre" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  2. ^ Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory (PDF). Public Archives of Nova Scotia. p. 130. ISBN 0-88871-050-X. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1974" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1974. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Liberals sweep back in N.S". The Globe and Mail. April 3, 1974. 
  5. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1978" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1978. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  6. ^ "NDP in N.S. selects interim leader". The Globe and Mail. October 3, 1980. 
  7. ^ a b "Woman elected to lead NDP in Nova Scotia". The Globe and Mail. November 17, 1980. 
  8. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1981" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1981. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-10-08. 
  9. ^ "PCs win crushing victory in N.S". The Globe and Mail. October 7, 1981.