Jamie Muir (politician)

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The Honourable
Jamie Muir
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Truro-Bible Hill
In office
March 24, 1998 – June 9, 2009
Preceded by Eleanor Norrie
Succeeded by Lenore Zann
Minister of Finance
In office
March 10, 2009 – June 19, 2009
Premier Rodney MacDonald
Preceded by Chris d'Entremont
Succeeded by Graham Steele
Personal details
Born (1941-02-02) February 2, 1941 (age 76)
Truro, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative

Jamie Muir (born February 2, 1941) is a Canadian educator and politician. He represented the electoral district of Truro-Bible Hill in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1998 to 2009. He was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.[1]


Born in 1941 at Truro, Nova Scotia, Muir graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree before completing his Master's and Doctorate degrees in education at the University of Virginia.[2]

In 1964, he married Mary Jean Cox. They have four children.[2]

Employment history[edit]

Muir taught as a Frontier College instructor and a high school teacher in Truro before serving as Director of Inspection Services in the Nova Scotia Department of Education. He also served as inspector of schools in Cumberland, Colchester and Hants counties.[2]

He has taught at the post-secondary level, lecturing at University of Prince Edward Island, serving as assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, senior research associate at the Atlantic Institute of Education, principal of the Nova Scotia Teachers College and as a faculty member in education department at St. Francis Xavier University.[2]

Political career[edit]

Muir entered provincial politics in the 1998 election,[3] defeating former Liberal cabinet minister Eleanor Norrie in the Truro-Bible Hill riding.[4][5] He was re-elected in the 1999 election.[6] In August 1999, Muir was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Health.[7] On December 19, 2002, Muir was moved to Attorney General and Minister of Justice.[8]

In the 2003 election, Muir was re-elected by over 1500 votes.[9] On August 15, 2003, Muir was moved to Minister of Education in a post-election cabinet shuffle.[10] He retained the education portfolio when Rodney MacDonald took over as premier in February 2006.[11]

Muir was re-elected in 2006.[12] On June 26, 2006, MacDonald shuffled his cabinet, moving Muir to Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.[13] In October 2007, Muir was given an additional role in cabinet as chair of the Treasury and Policy Board.[14] Muir announced on December 29, 2008, that he would not reoffer in the next election,[15] and was shuffled out of cabinet on January 7, 2009.[16] He returned to cabinet on March 10, 2009, taking over as Minister of Finance and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, following the death of Michael Baker.[17]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Truro-Bible Hill" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Cabinet biography". Nova Scotia Legislature. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Norrie lightning rod for Truro voters' discontent". The Chronicle Herald. March 2, 1998. Archived from the original on February 29, 2004. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Election Returns, 1998 (Truro-Bible Hill)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Grit veterans swept away by 'orange tide'". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Election Returns, 1999 (Truro-Bible Hill)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Hamm shrinks cabinet". The Chronicle Herald. August 14, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Purves new health boss". The Chronicle Herald. December 20, 2002. Archived from the original on May 9, 2003. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Election Returns, 2003 (Truro-Bible Hill)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  10. ^ "New faces, new jobs among 15 in cabinet". The Chronicle Herald. August 16, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  11. ^ "MacDonald mixes cabinet with old and new". CBC News. February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Election Returns, 2006 (Truro-Bible Hill)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  13. ^ "MacDonald's expanded cabinet has 3 rookies". CBC News. June 26, 2006. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  14. ^ "Embattled immigration minister out in shuffle". CBC News. October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2015-05-22. 
  15. ^ "Cabinet minister Muir to call it quits". CBC News. December 29, 2008. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  16. ^ "MacDonald shuffles cabinet". CBC News. January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  17. ^ "Muir appointed N.S. finance minister". CBC News. March 10, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-28.