Keith Colwell

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The Honourable
Keith Colwell
MLA for Preston-Dartmouth
Assumed office
Preceded by David Hendsbee
Personal details
Born (1947-10-03) October 3, 1947 (age 67)
Political party Liberal

Keith W. Colwell (born October 3, 1947) is a Canadian politician and member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, representing the riding of Preston-Dartmouth for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.

Colwell was raised in Jemseg, New Brunswick. He and his wife Elizabeth currently live in Porters Lake.

Political career[edit]

Colwell successfully ran for the Liberal nomination in the riding of Eastern Shore in spring 1993. He was elected in the 1993 provincial election and was re-elected in the 1998 provincial election. Following his re-election, Colwell was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he served as Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Minister of Consumer Services, as well as holding other cabinet responsibilities.[1]

Colwell was defeated in the 1999 provincial election by Bill Dooks. Turning to municipal politics, Colwell was elected to Halifax Regional Council on October 30, 1999, in a by-election for the Halifax Regional Municipality where he represented District 3 (Preston/Porters Lake).[2][3] Colwell was re-elected in District 3 in the 2000 municipal general election.

Colwell successfully ran for the Liberal nomination in the riding of Preston[4] and was elected in the 2003 provincial election.[5] He was re-elected in the 2006 and 2009 provincial elections. The riding name was changed in 2013 to Preston-Dartmouth and he was re-elected in the 2013 provincial election.

Colwell was honoured for his efforts in successfully banning the burning of tires in Nova Scotia and has been a volunteer fireman with 13 years’ experience.[6]

In May 2013, Colwell was allegedly the victim of an assault by Percy Paris, a fellow member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia. "Yesterday in the house of assembly, I was assaulted and threatened by the minister of economic and rural development and tourism," Colwell said in a statement. "This improper behaviour by the minister was quite clearly an execution of a threat and intimidation, an attempt to prevent me from performing my function as a legislator, elected representative for my constituents and member of this assembly." Paris was charged with assault and uttering threats.[7]

On October 22, 2013, Colwell was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he serves as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture,[8] Minister of Agriculture,[6] Minister responsible for Part II of the Gaming Control Act, as well as Minister responsible for the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission Act.


  1. ^ "Three novices at the table". The Chronicle Herald. April 9, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Colwell, Streatch win Halifax by-elections". CBC News. November 1, 1999. Retrieved 2014-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Special election, councilor district 3 official results" (PDF). Halifax Regional Municipality. 1999. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  4. ^ "Colwell to run for Liberals in Preston". The Chronicle Herald. May 24, 2003. Archived from the original on November 20, 2003. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  5. ^ "Metro unravelled Tory majority". The Chronicle Herald. August 6, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Colwell new agriculture minister". The Guardian. October 24, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Paris to appear in court June 18". Cape Breton Post, May 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC News. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 

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