Sandy Cameron

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A.M. "Sandy" Cameron
MLA for Guysborough
In office
June 5, 1973 – November 6, 1984
Preceded by Angus MacIsaac
Succeeded by Chuck MacNeil
Personal details
Born December 16, 1938
Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia
Died December 25, 2004(2004-12-25) (aged 66)
Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Occupation Businessman

A.M. "Sandy" Cameron (December 16, 1938 – December 25, 2004) was a Canadian politician and businessman. He represented the electoral district of Guysborough in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1973 to 1984. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in 1938 at Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, Cameron was the son of Alexander Whitcomb Cameron and Mary Kathryn (MacLean) Cameron.[2] A businessman by career, Cameron was educated at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and McGill University.[2] He married Shirley Elaine Vatcher in 1961.[2] Both his father, Alexander W. Cameron, and his grandfather, Alexander F. Cameron served as MLAs for Guysborough County.[3]

Political career[edit]

Cameron entered provincial politics in 1973, winning a byelection in the Guysborough riding.[4][5] In August 1973, Cameron was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Fisheries.[6] He was re-elected in the 1974 election,[7] and continued to serve in the fisheries portfolio. In February 1976, he was given an additional role in cabinet as Minister of Lands and Forests.[2] In October 1976, Gerald Regan shuffled his cabinet, moving Cameron to Minister of Development.[8] Cameron was re-elected by 13 votes in the 1978 election,[9] but moved to the opposition benches as Regan's Liberal government was defeated.[10]

As leader of the Liberal Party[edit]

On April 3, 1980, Cameron announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party.[11] At the leadership convention on June 8, Cameron defeated MLA Vince MacLean on the third ballot to win the leadership.[3][12] In the 1981 election, the Liberals were reduced to 13 seats as John Buchanan's Tories were re-elected with a bigger majority.[13] However, Cameron was re-elected in his own riding by over 600 votes,[14] and continued to serve as party leader.[15] He led the Liberals into the 1984 election, but the party was reduced to 6 seats, while their popular vote dropped to 31 per cent.[16] Cameron was also defeated in his own riding, losing to Progressive Conservative Chuck MacNeil by 390 votes.[17] Cameron announced in December that he would resign as Opposition leader when an interim leader in the legislature was chosen.[18] He was succeeded by Vince MacLean.[19]


Cameron died on December 25, 2004 in his hometown of Sherbrooke after a brief battle with cancer.[20][21]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Guysborough" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory (PDF). Public Archives of Nova Scotia. p. 27. ISBN 0-88871-050-X. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  3. ^ a b "'Stanfield type' wins N.S. Liberal leadership". The Globe and Mail. June 9, 1980. 
  4. ^ "Liberals gain seat from PCs in N.S. voting". The Globe and Mail. June 6, 1973. 
  5. ^ "Returns of by-election for the House of Assembly 1973" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1973. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  6. ^ "Regan again shuffles Nova Scotia Cabinet". The Globe and Mail. August 21, 1973. 
  7. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1974" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 62. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Three new ministers join Regan cabinet". The Globe and Mail. October 28, 1976. 
  9. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1978" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 62. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Conservatives sweep Liberals in Nova Scotia". The Globe and Mail. September 20, 1978. 
  11. ^ "2 seek N.S. Liberal leadership". The Globe and Mail. April 4, 1980. 
  12. ^ "'County Boy' heads Liberals after Nova Scotia convention". The Montreal Gazette. June 10, 1980. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  13. ^ "PCs win crushing victory in N.S". The Globe and Mail. October 7, 1981. 
  14. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1981" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 65. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  15. ^ Harris, Michael (July 16, 1982). "A spurned prophet singing the blues". The Globe and Mail. 
  16. ^ "Buchanan Tories crush opponents in N.S. election". The Globe and Mail. November 7, 1984. 
  17. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1984" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 69. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  18. ^ "Cameron will step down as Opposition leader". The Chronicle Herald. December 18, 1984. 
  19. ^ "Nova Scotia Liberals pick interim House leader". The Globe and Mail. January 10, 1985. 
  20. ^ "Best premier we never had dies". The Daily News. Halifax. December 27, 2004. 
  21. ^ "Cameron dies from cancer". The Chronicle Herald. December 28, 2004. Archived from the original on December 29, 2004. Retrieved 2014-10-24.