Michel Samson

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The Honourable
Michel Samson
MLA for Cape Breton-Richmond
In office
March 24, 1998 – present
Preceded by Richie Mann
Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
In office
October 22, 2013 – present
Preceded by Graham Steele
Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party interim
In office
June 2006 – April 27, 2007
Preceded by Francis MacKenzie
Succeeded by Stephen McNeil
Minister of the Environment
In office
December 1998 – July 1999
Preceded by Don Downe
Succeeded by Kerry Morash
Personal details
Born Evanston, Nova Scotia
Political party Nova Scotia Liberal Party
Residence Arichat, Nova Scotia
Occupation lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Michel P. Samson is a Canadian politician, sitting in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly since 1998 as a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and representing the electoral district of Cape Breton-Richmond, formerly Richmond.

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.

Political career[edit]

In 1998 Samson successfully ran for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party nomination in the riding of Richmond.[1] 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.[2] At the time, he was the youngest person ever to be appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia.[citation needed]

Samson was re-elected in the 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2013 provincial elections.

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.[3]

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.[4] In March 2015, Samson was sworn-in as Minister of Energy following the resignation from cabinet of Andrew Younger.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Premier MacLellan Shuffles Cabinet". Government of Nova Scotia. December 11, 1998. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Samson stays out of Grit leadership race". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. January 12, 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes 16-member cabinet". CBC. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Andrew Younger resigns from cabinet". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 

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