Russell MacLellan

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The Honourable
Russell Gregoire MacLellan
Russell MacLellan.jpg
24th Premier of Nova Scotia
In office
July 18, 1997 – August 16, 1999
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor James Kinley
Preceded by John Savage
Succeeded by John Hamm
MP for Cape Breton—The Sydneys
In office
May 22, 1979 – June 2, 1997
Preceded by Robert Muir
Succeeded by Riding dissolved
MLA for Cape Breton North
In office
November 4, 1997 – October 4, 2000
Preceded by Ron Stewart
Succeeded by Cecil Clarke
Personal details
Born (1940-01-16) January 16, 1940 (age 77)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Ann MacLean

Russell Gregoire MacLellan (born January 16, 1940) is a Canadian politician who served as the 24th Premier of Nova Scotia from 1997 to 1999.

Early life[edit]

MacLellan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Federal politics[edit]

He was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1979 federal election for the riding of Cape Breton—The Sydneys and sat as a Liberal MP until 1997

Provincial politics[edit]

In 1997, he became leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and premier of the province after John Savage was forced to resign due to discontent within his party and sagging polls. MacLellan tried to revive the Liberal government's fortunes; he narrowly won a minority government in the 1998 election,[1] but his government was defeated in a confidence vote in 1999[2] and then defeated in the resulting 1999 election.[3] In January 2000, Maclellan announced he would step down as Liberal leader on June 30.[4] He continued to sit as an MLA until resigning in October 2000.[5]

After politics[edit]

Following his resignation, MacLellan returned to practising law, working for the Halifax-based law firm, Merrick Holm.[6]


  1. ^ "IT'S A TIE!" at the Wayback Machine (archived March 10, 2003). Halifax Chronicle-Herald, March 25, 1998. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Liberals ousted" at the Wayback Machine (archived April 1, 2003). Halifax Chronicle-Herald, June 18, 1999. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Tories storm back" at the Wayback Machine (archived April 1, 2003). Halifax Chronicle-Herald, July 28, 1999. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "Russell MacLellan stepping down". CBC News, January 26, 2000.
  5. ^ "Former N.S. premier MacLellan leaves politics". CBC News, October 4, 2000.
  6. ^ "Russell MacLellan practises law again". CBC News, November 2, 2000.

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