|Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Cape Breton-Richmond
March 24, 1998 – May 30, 2017
|Preceded by||Richie Mann|
|Succeeded by||Alana Paon|
|Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism|
October 22, 2013
|Preceded by||Graham Steele|
|Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party interim|
June 20, 2006 – April 27, 2007
|Preceded by||Francis MacKenzie|
|Succeeded by||Stephen McNeil|
|Minister of the Environment|
December 16, 1998 – August 16, 1999
|Preceded by||Don Downe|
|Succeeded by||Kerry Morash|
Evanston, Nova Scotia
|Political party||Nova Scotia Liberal Party|
|Residence||Arichat, Nova Scotia|
Michel P. Samson (born 1972) is a Canadian politician, who represented the electoral district of Cape Breton-Richmond, formerly Richmond in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1998 to 2017. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.
Samson attended Isle Madame District High School and graduated with a B.A. from Dalhousie University in 1994 and a LL.B. from Dalhousie Law School in 1997. Samson articled with the Halifax law firm of Blois, Nickerson & Bryson and he was admitted to the Nova Scotia in 1998 before working as an associate at the Port Hawkesbury law firm of Macdonald, Boudrot & Doucet.
In 2004 Samson married Halifax lawyer Claudine Bardsley.
In 1998 Samson successfully ran for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party nomination in the riding of Richmond. He was elected in the 1998 provincial election. In December 1998, Samson was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia where he served as Minister of the Environment as well as Minister responsible for administration of the Youth Secretariat Act. At the time, he was the youngest person ever to be appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia.
Samson served as interim leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party from 2006-2007 following the resignation of Francis MacKenzie until Stephen McNeil was elected leader; Samson having decided not to pursue the leadership.
On October 22, 2013, Samson was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia to serve as Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism as well as Minister of Acadian Affairs. In March 2015, Samson was sworn-in as Minister of Energy following the resignation from cabinet of Andrew Younger.
|Progressive Conservative||Joe Janega||1696||21.93|
|New Democratic Party||Bert Lewis||1667||21.56|
|New Democratic Party||Clair Rankin||1477||25.31||+15.88|
|Progressive Conservative||John Greene||1045||17.91||-22.65|
|Progressive Conservative||John Greene||2268||40.56|
|New Democratic Party||Mary Pat Cude||529||9.43|
|Progressive Conservative||Richie Cotton||1850||31.18|
|New Democratic Party||Clair Rankin||1036||17.46|
|Progressive Conservative||Joseph MacPhee||1905|
|New Democratic Party||Wilma Conrod||1595|
|Progressive Conservative||Joseph MacPhee||1,905|
|New Democratic Party||Wilma Conrod||1,595|
- 62nd General Assembly Nova Scotia Legislature
- "Law graduate to carry banner for Liberals". The Chronicle Herald. March 6, 1998. Archived from the original on May 5, 2004. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "Premier MacLellan Shuffles Cabinet". Government of Nova Scotia. December 11, 1998. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "Samson stays out of Grit leadership race". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. January 12, 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
- "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
- "Andrew Younger resigns from cabinet". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
- "Nova Scotia election: PC Alana Paon defeats Liberal Michel Samson in Cape Breton-Richmond". Global News. May 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
- "High-profile Liberal cabinet ministers Samson, Bernard lose ridings". CBC News. May 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-31.