Leonard Preyra

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The Honourable
Leonard Preyra
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island
In office
June 13, 2006 – October 8, 2013
Preceded by Danny Graham
Succeeded by Labi Kousoulis
Personal details
Born (1955-02-10) February 10, 1955 (age 63)
Mumbai, India
Political party New Democrat
Occupation professor

Leonard Preyra (born February 10, 1955) is a Canadian politician. He represented the riding of Halifax Citadel-Sable Island in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 2006 to 2013. He was a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.[1]


Prior to becoming an MLA, Preyra was a professor in the political science department at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Political career[edit]

He was first elected in the 2006 election in an open seat, defeating Progressive Conservative candidate and unsuccessful leadership candidate Bill Black.

Preyra was named the Ministerial Assistant for the Office of Immigration in June 2009.[2] On May 30, 2012, Preyra was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Communities, Culture, and Heritage.[3]

Preyra was defeated when he ran for re-election in the 2013 election.[4]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Halifax Citadel-Sable Island" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Premier Appoints Ministerial Assistants" (Press release). Government of Nova Scotia. June 29, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2009. 
  3. ^ "First female finance minister appointed in N.S." Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. May 30, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Liberal wave ousts 6 cabinet ministers". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. October 8, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2014.