Len Goucher

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The Honourable
Len Goucher
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Bedford
In office
June 13, 2006 – June 9, 2009
Preceded by Peter Christie
Succeeded by Kelly Regan
Personal details
Born September 19, 1947
Political party Progressive Conservative

Len Goucher (born September 19, 1947) is a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Bedford in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2006 to 2009. He is a member of the Progressive Conservatives.[1]

A town councilor in Bedford, Nova Scotia from 1988 to 1996, Goucher was elected to Halifax Regional Council in 2000.[2] He was re-elected in 2004 and served as Deputy Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality.[3] He entered provincial politics in the 2006 election, defeating Liberal leader Francis MacKenzie in the Bedford riding.[4][5] In June 2006, Goucher was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.[6] In October 2007, Goucher was shuffled to Minister of Immigration.[7] In January 2009, Goucher was given two additional roles in cabinet, becoming Minister of the Public Service Commission, and Minister of Seniors.[8] In the 2009 election, Goucher was defeated by Liberal Kelly Regan.[9]

In February 2010, he became embroiled in a spending scandal involving inappropriate expenses charged to the public by a number of Nova Scotia MLAs.[10] Goucher was singled out by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation when they highlighted Nova Scotian politicians for their "outrageous" expense claims, naming him the all-star of the scandal and giving him the nickname Len "the master of multi-tasking" Goucher.[11] On February 14, 2011 the RCMP released its long awaited investigation results and Goucher was cleared of any wrongdoing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral History for Bedford" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ "Cabinet biography". Nova Scotia Legislature. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  3. ^ "PC Len Goucher runs for re-election". Bedford Beacon. May 7, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Bedford". CBC News. June 13, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Nova Scotia Premier fiddles, Liberals burn". The Globe and Mail. June 13, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  6. ^ "MacDonald's expanded cabinet has 3 rookies". CBC News. June 26, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  7. ^ "Embattled immigration minister out in shuffle". CBC News. October 23, 2007. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  8. ^ "N.S. Premier Rodney MacDonald shuffles cabinet; one new face". Cape Breton Post. January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Nine Tory cabinet ministers bounced". The Chronicle Herald. June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  10. ^ "Former MLA Goucher biggest spender". CBC News. February 10, 2010. Retrieved 2015-07-25. 
  11. ^ "N.S. MLAs 'honoured' for wastefulness". CBC News. March 10, 2010. Retrieved 2015-07-25.