Karen Casey

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The Honourable
Karen Casey
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Colchester North
Assumed office
June 13, 2006
Preceded by Bill Langille
Personal details
Born (1947-04-24) April 24, 1947 (age 69)
Political party Progressive Conservative (2006-2011)
Liberal (2011-present)
Spouse(s) Glen
Residence Valley, Nova Scotia

Karen Lynn Casey (born April 24, 1947) is a Canadian politician who represents the electoral district of Colchester North in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as a member of the Liberal caucus.

Personal life[edit]

Casey (née Thompson) grew up in Bass River. Casey volunteered as chair of the now-defunct Colchester-East Hants Health Authority.

Education career[edit]

Casey graduated in 1967 with a diploma from the Nova Scotia Teachers College. She later received a B.A. from Mount Saint Vincent University, a B.Ed. from Mount Saint Vincent University and a M. Ed. (Administration) from Saint Mary's University.

Casey has worked as a classroom teacher at various schools in Colchester County in both the Truro Municipal School Board, the Colchester County Municipal School Board, the Colchester-East Hants District School Board, and ended her career with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. She is a former principal of North River Elementary School and served as Assistant Superintendent of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

When working as a classroom teacher at Alice Street Elementary School in the Truro Municipal School Board during the 1970-71 school year, Casey served as the school staff's local representative of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union during a work-to-rule job action undertaken by the NSTU.

Political career[edit]

PC Party 2006-2011[edit]

Casey successfully ran for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the riding of Colchester North in spring 2006, beating one other candidate. Casey was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2006 provincial election held that June.

Casey served in the Executive Council of Nova Scotia from 2006-2009, serving first as the Minister of Education, and later as Minister of Health. On June 24, 2009, Casey was named the Progressive Conservative Party's interim leader, replacing Rodney MacDonald after he resigned following the party's defeat in the 2009 provincial election.[1] She served as interim leader until announcing her resignation on August 16, 2010.[2]

Liberal Party 2011-present[edit]

On January 10, 2011, Casey crossed the floor to join the Liberal caucus.[3][4] Casey successfully ran for the Liberal nomination in the riding of Colchester North in spring 2013. Casey was re-elected in the 2013 provincial election, garnering 5,005 of the 8,212 votes cast or 60.95% of the vote in the riding.

On October 22, 2013 Casey was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development as well as Minister responsible for Youth.[5][6]

On July 24, 2015, Casey was given as additional role as Chair of Finance and Treasury Board, while responsibility for youth was transferred to Kelly Regan.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Karen Casey 5,005 60.95
     Progressive Conservative John Kendrick MacDonald 2,167 26.39
     New Democratic Party Jim Wyatt 1,040 12.66
Nova Scotia general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Progressive Conservative Karen Casey 3784 50.16
     New Democratic Party Arthur Hartlen 2354 31.20
     Liberal Lorenda Ebbett 1243 16.48
Green Judy Davis 163 2.16
Nova Scotia general election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Progressive Conservative Karen Casey 3809 50.96
     Liberal Bob Taylor 1979 26.47
     New Democratic Party Rob Assels 1511 20.21
Green Judy Davis 176 2.35


  1. ^ "Former N.S. health minister chosen interim Tory leader". CBC.ca. June 24, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jason, Malloy (August 16, 2009). "Bailiie to lead Progressive Conservative party". Truro Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ Jason Malloy (2011-01-11). "Local Liberal to cut ties with party". Truro Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-23. Mike Smith made the decision after hearing Colchester North MLA Karen Casey was joining the party after winning two elections as a Progressive Conservative. 
  4. ^ "Tory MLA Casey crosses floor". CBC News. January 10, 2011. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC News. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  6. ^ http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/cabinet/
  7. ^ "Premier shuffles cabinet, Andrew Younger returns, Diana Whalen moves to justice". Metro. Halifax. July 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 

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