Robbie Harrison

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Robbie Harrison
MLA for Kings South
In office
Preceded by Derrick Kimball
Succeeded by David Morse
Personal details
Political party Liberal
Occupation Teacher

Robert "Robbie" Harrison is a Canadian politician and educator. He represented Kings South in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1993 to 1999 as a Liberal member.[1]

Harrison was educated at Acadia University.[2] He was a school teacher and principal of the Coldbrook School. He was a member of the board of governors for Acadia University and the board of trustees for Eastern Kings Memorial Hospital.[2]

Harrison entered provincial politics in the 1993 election, defeating former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Harry How by 128 votes in the Kings South riding.[3][4] On June 11, 1993, Harrison was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Environment.[5] In March 1995, he was moved to Minister of the Economic Renewal Agency.[6] On June 27, 1996, Harrison became Minister of Education and Culture,[7] a job he kept when Russell MacLellan took over as premier in July 1997.[8]

Harrison was re-elected in the 1998 election.[9][10] On April 8, 1998, he was retained as Minister of Education and Culture, but was also given the additional responsibility for sport and recreation, and science and technology.[11] In December 1998, MacLellan shuffled his cabinet, moving Harrison from Education to Attorney General and Minister of Justice, and also naming him Minister of Business and Consumer Services, while retaining the minor roles he had been given following the election.[12] In the 1999 election, Harrison was defeated by Progressive Conservative David Morse.[13] Following his defeat, Harrison returned the field of education.[14]

Following Stephen McNeil's election as premier in the 2013 election, Harrison served as a member of his transition team.[15]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Kings South" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Cabinet biography". Government of Nova Scotia. Archived from the original on April 17, 1999. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1993" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1993. p. 119. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Politician's folksy manner masked a keen mind". The Globe and Mail. February 8, 2001. 
  5. ^ "Historic Liberal cabinet sworn in". The Chronicle Herald. June 12, 1993. Archived from the original on August 30, 2000. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  6. ^ "Savage plays musical chairs with Cabinet, adds O'Malley". The Chronicle Herald. March 21, 1995. 
  7. ^ "Premier shuffles cabinet". Government of Nova Scotia. June 27, 1996. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  8. ^ "MacLellan makeover". The Chronicle Herald. July 19, 1997. Archived from the original on February 4, 1998. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  9. ^ "Election Returns, 1998 (Kings South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  10. ^ "Grit veterans swept away by 'orange tide'". The Chronicle Herald. March 25, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  11. ^ "A cabinet with four legs". The Chronicle Herald. April 9, 1998. Archived from the original on January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  12. ^ "Premier MacLellan shuffles cabinet". Government of Nova Scotia. December 11, 1998. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  13. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1999 (Kings South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1999. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  14. ^ "Defeated MLAs lining up new jobs". The Chronicle Herald. July 30, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  15. ^ "First day on the job". The Chronicle Herald. October 9, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-16.