Kelly Regan

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The Honourable
Kelly Regan
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Bedford
Assumed office
June 9, 2009
Preceded by Len Goucher
Minister of Labour and Advanced Education
Assumed office
October 22, 2013
Premier Stephen McNeil
Preceded by Marilyn More
Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act
Assumed office
October 22, 2013
Premier Stephen McNeil
Preceded by Marilyn More
Chief Opposition Whip
In office
January 12, 2012 – October 22, 2013
Liberal Caucus Chair
In office
March 17, 2010 – January 12, 2012
Personal details
Born Kelly Smith
(1961-02-04) February 4, 1961 (age 56)
Chatham, Ontario
Political party Nova Scotia Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Geoff Regan
Children Caitlin, Nicole, and Harrison
Residence Bedford, Nova Scotia
Alma mater University of Waterloo
Profession Journalist
Religion United Church of Canada
Website Official website

Kelly Regan (née Smith) (born February 4, 1961) is a Canadian politician, who has represented the electoral district of Bedford-Birch Cove in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly since 2009 as a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Regan graduated with a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Waterloo. Regan moved to Nova Scotia in 1984 where she began working at CFDR-AM as a reporter covering municipal politics. Her journalism career continued as news director at ATV / ASN for seven years where she won two awards for health documentaries. This was followed by various media and public relations projects.

Regan has been active in many community organizations, serving as a library volunteer at Sunnyside Schools, a member of the organizing committee of the annual Bedford volunteer awards, as executive member of Ridgevale Homeowners’ Association, and as an elder of Bedford United Church. She also serves as a judge for the Atlantic Journalism Awards. She is also a founding member of the Nova Scotia chapter of Equal Voice, a multi-partisan group dedicated to increasing the number of women elected in Canada.

Political career[edit]

In 2009 Regan successfully ran for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party nomination in the riding of Bedford-Birch Cove. She was elected in the 2009 provincial election, defeating Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Len Goucher.[2][3][4] The riding was renamed Bedford in 2012 and she was re-elected in this riding in the 2013 provincial election.[5]

On October 22, 2013, Regan was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia to serve as Minister of Labour and Advanced Education and Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act.[6] On July 24, 2015, Regan was given an additional role in cabinet as minister responsible for youth.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Nova Scotia general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Kelly Regan 6,081 60.66
     Progressive Conservative Joan Christie 2,026 20.21
     New Democratic Party Mike Poworozynk 1,701 16.97
Green Ian Charles 217 2.16
Nova Scotia general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Kelly Regan 4,861 44.48
     New Democratic Party Brian Mosher 3,552 32.50
     Progressive Conservative Len Goucher 2,268 20.75
Green Neil Green 248 2.27

Personal life[edit]

Regan married her husband Geoff, who is the Member of Parliament for Halifax West and currently is the Speaker of the House of Commons; in December 1993, and has three children, Caitlin, Nicole, and Harrison. She resides in Bedford.[8]

She is the granddaughter in law of John Harrison, daughter in law of Gerald Regan and sister in law of the longest host of CTV News at 5 (previously Live at 5) Nancy Regan and actress Laura Regan, of FOX's Minority Report.


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Bedford" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Nine Tory cabinet ministers bounced". The Chronicle Herald. 10 June 2009. Archived from the original on 13 June 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Majority of Tory cabinet members lose seats". The Globe and Mail. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  4. ^ "NDP has iron grip on Metro Halifax". CBC News. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Metro Halifax ridings turn Liberal red". The Chronicle Herald. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC News. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  7. ^ "N.S. premier expands cabinet, reinstates former minister". CTV News. 24 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Life in the Regan household not all politics". Halifax News Net. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2015-08-27. 

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