|Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
for Colchester North
June 13, 2006 – July 17, 2021
|Preceded by||Bill Langille|
|Succeeded by||Tom Taggart|
|Deputy Premier of Nova Scotia|
June 15, 2017 – February 23, 2021
|Preceded by||Diana Whalen|
|Succeeded by||Kelly Regan|
|Born||April 24, 1947|
|Political party||Progressive Conservative (2006-2011)|
|Residence||Valley, Nova Scotia|
Karen Lynn Casey (born April 24, 1947) is a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Colchester North in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as a member of the Liberal caucus from 2006 to 2021.
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.
PC Party 2006–2011
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. She served as interim leader until announcing her resignation on August 16, 2010.
Liberal Party 2011–present
On January 10, 2011, Casey crossed the floor to join the Liberal caucus. 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 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.
On January 21, 2021, Casey announced that she did not intend to run in the next provincial general election.
|Progressive Conservative||Rebecca Taylor||3,225||41.0|
|New Democratic Party||James Finnie||980||12.5|
|Progressive Conservative||John Kendrick MacDonald||2,167||26.39|
|New Democratic Party||Jim Wyatt||1,040||12.66|
|Progressive Conservative||Karen Casey||3784||50.16|
|New Democratic Party||Arthur Hartlen||2354||31.20|
|Progressive Conservative||Karen Casey||3809||50.96|
|New Democratic Party||Rob Assels||1511||20.21|
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- Jason, Malloy (August 16, 2009). "Bailiie to lead Progressive Conservative party". Truro Daily News. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2010.
- Jason Malloy (2011-01-11). "Local Liberal to cut ties with party". Truro Daily. Archived from the original on 2016-04-13. 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.
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- "Cabinet". 23 June 2017.
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- Tetanish, Raissa (2021-01-25). "Casey retiring from provincial politics after 15 years". Hub Now. Retrieved 2021-01-27.