Kenzie MacNeil

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Kenzie MacNeil (born September 2, 1952 in Sydney, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian songwriter, performer, producer and director in television, film, radio and stage, and a former Conservative Party of Canada candidate.[1][2]

MacNeil has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University. He also studied at the University of Botswana and in Lesotho and Swaziland.[3]

MacNeil was a major force behind The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island, a satirical sketch review that ran from 1978 to 1982.[4] The revue included songs inspired by the coal and steel industry of Cape Breton.[5] MacNeil composed the anthem "The Island", a tribute to coal industry workers in Nova Scotia.[2] According to Men of the Deeps musical director, John O'Donnell, "the words offer a vivid demonstration that labour in Cape Breton has indeed had a deep cultural impact on the community."[5] MacNeil served a term as chairman of the Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation.[1] He also worked as a development officer with the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development,[3] and has been the editor and publisher of the Cape Bretoner Newsmagazine.[3]

MacNeil ran as a Conservative Party of Canada in Cape Breton—Canso in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, coming third and second respectively behind Liberal incumbent Rodger Cuzner.[2][3][6]

MacNeil is married and has four daughters.[3]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 21,428 53.06 -0.20
Conservative Kenzie MacNeil 9,741 24.12 +3.88
New Democratic Hector Morrison 8,106 20.07 -4.25
Green Rob Hines 1,106 2.74 +0.57
Total valid votes 40,381
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Rodger Cuzner 20,139 53.26 -0.3
New Democratic Shirley Hartery 9,197 24.32 +5.4
Conservative Kenzie MacNeil 7,654 20.24 -7.2
Green Seumas Gibson 820 2.17 Ø
Total valid votes 37,810


  1. ^ a b Laura Jean Grant (September 17, 2007). "Film tax credit wont have reel impact on Cape Breton". The Cape Breton Post. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c O'Brien, Robert (2008). Solidarity first: Canadian workers and social cohesion. Vancouver: UBC Press. pp. 107–108. ISBN 0-7748-1439-X. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Candidate profiles-Canada Votes 2004". CBC. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Tera Camus (May 26, 2010). "Cape Breton Summertime Revue reunion to raise money for Savoy Theatre". What's going on: Cape Breton's Entertainment Guide. Archived from the original on 24 January 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b John C. O'Donnell (1986). "Labour's Cultural Impact on the Community". Canadian Journal for Traditional Music. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Canada Votes 2006 - Candidates and Ridings". CBC. Retrieved 28 December 2010.