Ken McGowan

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Ken McGowan
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Born Sudbury, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Former Politician
Known for Green Party of Nova Scotia Former Leader

Ken McGowan (born 1954) is an environmentalist, entrepreneur and former politician.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

McGowan is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in biology.[3]

Political career[edit]

Early political career[edit]

McGowan was the Green Party of Nova Scotia's candidate for the electoral district of Annapolis in the Nova Scotia general election, 2006 and also a regional party organizer prior to his leadership of the party.[1]

Green Party of Nova Scotia leadership[edit]

In 2007, McGowan was elected leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.[4] According to the CBC some of his supporters claimed "it was McGowan's work as an organizer for the Greens that won him the leadership."[2] McGowan beat out Ellen Durkee, and Aaron Eisses during the convention held in early May 2007. McGowan received over 50% of the vote, compared to Durkee's 34% and Eisses' 15%.[3] A poll in June 2007 showed the Green Party of Nova Scotia, under McGowan, at 7 per cent popular support.[5] A provincial by-election was held in Nova Scotia on 2 October 2007 in Cole Harbour-Eastern Passage in which one of McGowan's deputy leaders, Beverley Woodfield was the GPNS candidate. Woodfield garnered 4.68% of the vote,[6] doubling the party's vote share in the riding.[7]

McGowan resigned his leadership, along with his two deputy leaders and several executive members of the Green Party of Nova Scotia in 2008 after a disagreement with the party executive. McGowan stated the resignations were over two party members being appointed, and not elected to the party executive, contrary to the party's constitution.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Ken McGowan joins Green leadership bid". Nova News Now. Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Homegrown industries a priority, Green leader says". CBC News. May 7, 2007. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  3. ^ a b "N.S. Greens pick Ontarian as party's second leader". CTV News. May 6, 2007. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Nova Scotia Greens pick new leader". The Globe and Mail. May 6, 2007. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  5. ^ "Honeymoon Over for MacDonald in Nova Scotia". angus-reid. June 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-01-17. 
  6. ^ "October 2, 2007 Nova Scotia by-election results" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  7. ^ "NDP holds on, PCs show pulse". Cape Brenton Post. October 4, 2007. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  8. ^ "Green leader quits in party rift". CBC News. January 2, 2008. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  9. ^ "Internal strife afflicting N.S. Green party wont hurt bid for seat: May". New Glasgow News. January 24, 2008. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
Preceded by
Nick Wright
Leader of the Green Party of Nova Scotia
Succeeded by
Ellen Durkee