Nova Scotia Liberal Party leadership elections

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This page lists the results of leadership elections held by the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. Before 1930 leaders were chosen by the caucus.

1930 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on October 1, 1930)

(Note: Conflicting accounts exist of Kinley receiving 62 votes)

Developments 1940-1945[edit]

Macdonald resigned in 1940 to enter the federal cabinet and was succeeded as premier and party leader by Alexander S. MacMillan on July 10 of that year. When MacMillan retired in 1945 Macdonald once again resumed the premiership.

1945 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on August 31, 1945)

Macdonald died on April 13, 1954 and the cabinet chose Harold Connolly to serve as interim leader and premier.

1954 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on September 9, 1954)

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (Hill eliminated):

Third Ballot (Patterson eliminated):

Fourth Ballot (Fielding eliminated):

Fifth Ballot (Mackenzie eliminated):

1962 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on November 3, 1962)

1965 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on July 24, 1965)

Colin Chisholm withdrew before balloting.

1980 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on June 8, 1980)

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (MacInnis eliminated):

Third Ballot (Mooney eliminated):

1986 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on February 22, 1986)

1992 leadership convention[edit]

A one member one vote telephone election. The first attempt at voting on June 6, 1992 was canceled when the telephone system crashed during voting and the results were thrown out. The incomplete results of that cancelled ballot were:

A second, successful, vote was made on June 20, 1992.

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (Hawkins eliminated. Drish and MacInnis withdrew):

1997 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on July 12, 1997)

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (Holland eliminated):

2002 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on April 13, 2002)

2004 leadership convention[edit]

(Held on October 23, 2004)

2007 leadership convention[edit]

(Held April 28, 2007)

First Ballot:

Second Ballot (MacKinnon eliminated and Smith withdrew. Both support Whalen):

See also[edit]


  • Beck, J. Murray, ‘’Politics of Nova Scotia’’, vol.2. Four East Publications, 1988.
  • Carty, Kenneth R et al., ‘’Leaders and Parties in Canadian Politics: Experiences of the Provinces’’. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Canada, 1992.
  • Stewart,Ian and Stewart, David K., ‘’Conventional choices: Maritime leadership politics’’. University of British Columbia Press, 2007.