|Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
for Halifax Needham
March 24, 1998 – April 12, 2016
|Preceded by||Gerry O'Malley|
|Succeeded by||Lisa Roberts|
|Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party |
November 23, 2013 – February 27, 2016
|Preceded by||Darrell Dexter|
|Succeeded by||Gary Burrill|
|Minister of Finance|
May 30, 2012 – October 22, 2013
|Preceded by||Graham Steele|
|Succeeded by||Diana Whalen|
|Minister of Health|
June 19, 2009 – May 30, 2012
|Preceded by||Karen Casey|
|Succeeded by||Dave Wilson|
|Minister of Health Promotion and Protection|
June 19, 2009 – January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Pat Dunn|
|Succeeded by||department merged|
|Minister of Gaelic Affairs|
June 19, 2009 – October 22, 2013
|Preceded by||Angus MacIsaac|
|Succeeded by||Randy Delorey|
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
|Occupation||social worker, professor|
Maureen MacDonald (born 1954) is a Canadian academic and politician. She represented the riding of Halifax Needham in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1998 to 2016. She served as the interim leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party from November 23, 2013 to February 27, 2016.
Early life and career
A native of Antigonish, MacDonald graduated in 1979 with a MSW from the Maritime School of Social Work at Dalhousie University. She was employed as a social worker at the Nova Scotia Hospital (Adolescent Services) and later was a faculty member at her alma mater where she taught social policy and community development. MacDonald also worked at Dalhousie Legal Aid, the North End Clinic and the North End Parent Resource Centre.
In 1998 MacDonald successfully ran for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party nomination in Halifax Needham. She was elected in the 1998 provincial election and was re-elected in the 1999, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2013 provincial elections.
On June 19, 2009 MacDonald was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where she served as Minister of Health as well as Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. On May 30, 2012, Premier Darrell Dexter shuffled his cabinet, appointing MacDonald as Minister of Finance. On May 10, 2013 MacDonald was appointed Minister of African Nova Scotia Affairs.
MacDonald was one of only seven NDP MLAs returned in the 2013 provincial election in which the Dexter government was defeated. On November 16, 2013, it was announced that MacDonald would become the party's interim leader when Dexter steps down as leader on November 23, 2013.
On April 12, 2016, MacDonald announced she was resigning as MLA.
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||3,391||44.03||-23.80|
|Progressive Conservative||Mary D.S. Hamblin||834||10.83||+4.65|
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||5,337||67.83|
|Progressive Conservative||Jason Cameron||486||6.18|
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||4,438||60.62|
|Progressive Conservative||Andrew Black||1,330||18.17|
|Liberal||Dr. Errol Guam||1,220||16.66|
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||3,709||50.26|
|Progressive Conservative||Linda Carvery||1,377||18.66|
|Nova Scotia Party||Blair Baxter||116||1.57|
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||3,525||44.95|
|Progressive Conservative||Linda Carvery||2,185||27.86|
|Nova Scotia Party||Scott Higgins||162||2.07|
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||4,837||58.51|
|Progressive Conservative||Atho Kartsaklis||924||11.18|
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||2,693||32.53|
|Progressive Conservative||Randy Dewell||2,116||25.56|
|Progressive Conservative||Edmund Morris||3,173||39.97|
|New Democratic Party||Maureen MacDonald||2,514||31.67|
- "Premier Dexter makes changes to cabinet". The Vanguard. January 11, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
- 61st General Assembly Nova Scotia Legislature
- "NDP appoints caucus veteran MacDonald as acting party leader". The Chronicle Herald. November 23, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
- "Atlantic Canada's 1st NDP government takes office in Nova Scotia". CBC News, June 19, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
- "First female finance minister appointed in N.S." CBC. May 31, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
- "N.S. cabinet minister resigns after bathroom fight". CBC. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
- "Darrell Dexter steps down as Nova Scotia's NDP leader". CBC News. November 16, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- "Maureen MacDonald retires from provincial politics after 18 years as MLA". CBC News. April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.