Murray Scott

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The Honourable
Murray Scott
Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
In office
August 20, 1999 – June 29, 2006
Premier John Hamm
Lieutenant Governor James Kinley
Myra Freeman
Preceded by Ron Russell
Succeeded by Cecil Clarke
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Cumberland South
In office
March 24, 1998 – September 8, 2010
Preceded by Guy Brown
Succeeded by Jamie Baillie
Personal details
Born (1953-01-18) January 18, 1953 (age 64)
Springhill, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Linda

Murray K. Scott (born January 18, 1953) is a politician in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented the electoral district of Cumberland South in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1998 to 2010. He served as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party.[1]


Scott attended Atlantic Police Academy and Université de Moncton.


He served 20 years as police officer with the Moncton and Springhill municipal forces, received Governor General's Award for bravery while a police officer, in addition to a 20-year police exemplary service medal, and was president and a provincial director of Local 203, Police Association of Nova Scotia.

Political career[edit]

Scott was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 1998 election.[2][3] He was re-elected in the 1999,[4] 2003,[5] 2006[6] and 2009 elections.[7] He was elected Speaker of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia in August 1999,[8] and served in that role until being appointed to cabinet in February 2006.[9] As a member of the Executive Council of Nova Scotia, Scott served as Attorney General and Minister of Justice,[9] Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal,[10] and Minister of Economic and Rural Development.[11] Along with his cabinet duties, he was also the minister responsible for the Human Rights Act, the Regulations Act, Part II of the Workers' Compensation Act, Military Relations, and Nova Scotia Business Incorporated.

On August 10, 2010, Scott announced that he would retire from politics by the end of 2010.[12] He officially resigned as the MLA for Cumberland South on September 8, 2010, clearing the way for party leader Jamie Baillie to run in a byelection.[13]

Community involvement[edit]

Served as a member of the citizens' advisory committee of the Springhill Institution; Co-ordinator of the local association of Crime Stoppers; Also past president of the Springhill Minor Hockey Association; Past vice-president of the Springhill Basketball Association, Past member of Springhill Industrial Commission; Previous Master of the Masonic Lodge; and past financial secretary for the Springhill United Baptist Church.


Scott has been married for 33 years to Linda Scott, an elementary school teacher. They have two children, Jeremy (a lawyer) and Jan (a junior high French teacher).


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Cumberland South" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Election Returns, 1998 (Cumberland South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  3. ^ "Grit veterans swept away by 'orange tide'". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Election Returns, 1999 (Cumberland South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Election Returns, 2003 (Cumberland South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Election Returns, 2006 (Cumberland South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Election Returns, 2009 (Cumberland South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Police skills asset for Speaker". Halifax Chronicle-Herald. August 21, 1999. Archived from the original on January 27, 2003. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  9. ^ a b "MacDonald mixes cabinet with old and new". CBC News. February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  10. ^ "Bolivar-Getson demoted". The Chronicle Herald. October 24, 2007. Archived from the original on October 26, 2007. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  11. ^ "N.S. Premier Rodney MacDonald shuffles cabinet; one new face". Cape Breton Post. January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  12. ^ "MLA Scott to resign". CBC News. August 11, 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  13. ^ "MLA Scott makes way for Baillie". CBC News. September 8, 2010. Retrieved 2014-09-21.