Ron Chisholm

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The Honourable
Ron Chisholm
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour
Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury (1999-2003)
In office
July 27, 1999 – June 9, 2009
Preceded by Ray White
Succeeded by Jim Boudreau
Personal details
Born (1948-09-30) September 30, 1948 (age 68)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Goshen, Nova Scotia
Occupation machinist, advertising manager

Ron Chisholm (born September 30, 1948) is a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury and Guysborough-Sheet Harbour in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1999 to 2009 as a member of the Progressive Conservatives.[1]

Born in 1948 at Goshen, Nova Scotia, Chisholm married Alberta McGrath. From 1969 to 1980, he was employed with Nova Scotia Power, as a machine operator. In 1980, he was elected business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where he represented 1300 unionized workers. He was later employed with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation, and the Guysborough Journal as advertising manager.[2]

Chisholm served as a municipal councillor in the District of St. Mary's from 1988 to 1999, serving as Warden from 1994 to 1999.[2] Chisholm first attempted to enter provincial politics in the 1998 election,[3] but was defeated by Liberal incumbent Ray White.[4] Chisholm ran again in 1999, and defeated White by 134 votes.[5][6] He was re-elected in the newly established Guysborough-Sheet Harbour riding in the 2003 election.[7] When Rodney MacDonald took over as premier in February 2006, Chisholm was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia, as Minister of Agriculture, and Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.[8] He was re-elected in 2006,[9] and retained the fisheries and aquaculture portfolio in a post-election cabinet shuffle.[10] Chisholm was defeated when he ran for re-election in 2009, losing to New Democrat Jim Boudreau by more than 1800 votes.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Guysborough–Eastern Shore–Tracadie" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Cabinet biography". Nova Scotia Legislature. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Tories nominate municipal warden". The Chronicle Herald. March 9, 1998. Archived from the original on November 25, 2004. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Election Returns, 1998 (Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Election Returns, 1999 (Guysborough-Port Hawkesbury)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  6. ^ "Rookie unseats cabinet minister". Cape Breton Post. July 28, 1999. 
  7. ^ "Election Returns, 2003 (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  8. ^ "MacDonald mixes cabinet with old and new". CBC News. February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Election Returns, 2006 (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  10. ^ "MacDonald's expanded cabinet has 3 rookies". CBC News. June 26, 2006. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  11. ^ "Election Returns, 2009 (Guysborough-Sheet Harbour)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  12. ^ "Nine Tory cabinet ministers bounced". The Chronicle Herald. June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-20.