Jane Purves

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Jane Purves
MLA for Halifax Citadel
In office
July 27, 1999 – August 5, 2003
Preceded by Peter Delefes
Succeeded by Danny Graham
Personal details
Born (1949-07-22)July 22, 1949
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died June 1, 2013(2013-06-01) (aged 63)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative

Jane Stopford Purves (July 22, 1949 – June 1, 2013) was a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 1999 provincial election. She represented the electoral district of Halifax Citadel as a member of the Progressive Conservatives.


Born in 1949 to Dr. James K.B. Purves and Mary (née Tobin) Purves,[1] She joined The Chronicle Herald in 1974. She was a cub reporter in the Truro bureau, then rose up the ladder while working various beats before holding senior positions in the newsroom. She spent eight years as managing editor at The Chronicle Herald. In politics, she served in the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Education,[2] and Minister of Health.[3] Following her defeat in the 2003 election,[4] she was named editor of The Daily News. She remained at the paper for less than a year, resigning in October 2004, to take over as chief of staff to Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm.[5]


Jane Purves died of cancer on June 1, 2013, aged 63.[6][7]


  1. ^ Memorial tribute, obits.dignitymemorial.com; accessed February 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Four rookie MLAs named to Tory team". The Chronicle Herald. August 14, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  3. ^ "Purves new health boss". The Chronicle Herald. December 20, 2002. Archived from the original on May 9, 2003. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Citadel won by one of largest margins ever". The Chronicle Herald. August 6, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  5. ^ "Now you see her, now you don't". King's Journalism Review. October 14, 2004. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  6. ^ "Purves, former cabinet minister, Herald managing editor, dies at 63". The Chronicle Herald. June 1, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Jane Purves, former N.S. cabinet minister, dies at 63". CBC News. June 1, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 


Jane Purves is survived by her only son Thomas MacEachern and her two granddaughters Morgan and Rory MacEachern.