Tom McInnis

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The Honourable
Thomas Johnson McInnis
Member of the Senate of Canada for Nova Scotia
Assumed office
September 6, 2012
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Appointed by David Johnston
MLA for Halifax Eastern Shore
In office
1978–1993
Preceded by Alexander Garnet Brown
Succeeded by Riding dissolved
Personal details
Born (1945-04-09) April 9, 1945 (age 72)
Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia
Political party Conservative

Thomas Johnson McInnis (born April 9, 1945) is a Canadian senator.[1] He also represented the electoral district of Halifax Eastern Shore in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1978 to 1993, as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.[2]

Born in 1945 in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, McInnis attended Saint Mary's University and earned his law degree from Dalhousie University.[3] He specializes in property and commercial law and public-private partnerships. He is the president of the Sheet Harbour and Area Chamber of Commerce and was appointed to the Halifax Port Authority in 2008.[4]

Political career[edit]

McInnis entered provincial politics in the 1978 election, defeating Liberal cabinet minister Alexander Garnet Brown in the Halifax Eastern Shore riding.[5] On October 5, 1978, McInnis was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Transportation.[6] McInnis was re-elected in the 1981 election,[7] and was named Minister of Municipal Affairs in a post-election cabinet shuffle.[8] McInnis was re-elected in the 1984 election,[9] and became Minister of Education in November 1985.[10] He was moved to Minister of Community Services in November 1987.[11][12] Following his re-election in the 1988 election,[13] McInnis was named Attorney General.[14][15]

In September 1990, John Buchanan resigned as premier,[16] and a leadership convention was scheduled for February 1991.[17] On November 7, 1990, McInnis announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.[18][19] At the leadership convention, McInnis was eliminated following the second ballot, finishing third behind Donald Cameron and Roland Thornhill.[20][21] On February 26, 1991, Cameron was sworn-in as premier and named McInnis as Minister of Industry and Deputy Premier of Nova Scotia.[22] He was moved to Minister of Labour in November 1992.[23] In the 1993 election, McInnis ran in the new riding of Eastern Shore, and lost to Liberal Keith Colwell by 237 votes.[24][25]

In the 2000 federal election, McInnis was the Progressive Conservative candidate in Dartmouth,[26][27] but finished third behind NDP incumbent Wendy Lill and Liberal Bernie Boudreau.[28] In September 2012, McInnis was appointed to the Senate of Canada.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Conservative senator warns EI reform will drive down wages". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Electoral History for Eastern Shore" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  3. ^ Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory (PDF). Public Archives of Nova Scotia. p. 133. ISBN 0-88871-050-X. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Halifax Port Authority announces changes to board line-up". Canadian Shipper. May 11, 2012. Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1978" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1978. p. 76. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Buchanan's Tory cabinet takes over in Nova Scotia". The Globe and Mail. October 6, 1978. 
  7. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1981" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1981. p. 79. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  8. ^ "9 Nova Scotia ministers moved to new portfolios". The Montreal Gazette. news.google.com. December 11, 1981. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1984" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1984. p. 83. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  10. ^ "3 new faces join cabinet". The Chronicle Herald. November 22, 1985. 
  11. ^ "Buchanan shuffles his cabinet". The Globe and Mail. November 25, 1987. 
  12. ^ "Shuffle seen as move to help ministers". The Globe and Mail. November 26, 1987. 
  13. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1988" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1988. p. 87. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  14. ^ "Controversial minister returns as Buchanan shuffles cabinet". The Globe and Mail. December 24, 1988. 
  15. ^ "Premier shuffles Cabinet: Thornhill back, Bacon promoted". The Chronicle Herald. December 24, 1988. 
  16. ^ "Buchanan resigns to enter Senate". The Globe and Mail. September 13, 1990. 
  17. ^ "Tories post leadership race rules". The Chronicle Herald. October 10, 1990. 
  18. ^ "McInnis quits AG's (Attorney-General) post, launches bid for Tory leadership". The Chronicle Herald. November 8, 1990. 
  19. ^ "Nova Scotia hopefuls aim for clean image". The Globe and Mail. November 8, 1990. 
  20. ^ "N.S. premier chosen in a cliff-hanger". Toronto Star. February 10, 1991. 
  21. ^ "Cameron elected leader by Nova Scotia Tories". The Globe and Mail. February 11, 1991. 
  22. ^ "Woman appointed to leaner N.S. cabinet". Toronto Star. February 26, 1991. 
  23. ^ "Labor minister ousted over Westray disaster". Toronto Star. November 20, 1992. 
  24. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1993" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1993. p. 87. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  25. ^ "Liberal sweep claims cabinet ministers". The Chronicle Herald. May 26, 1993. Archived from the original on August 30, 2000. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  26. ^ "McInnis unopposed as Dartmouth Tory". The Chronicle Herald. October 27, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  27. ^ "Dartmouth riding epitomizes national campaign". The Chronicle Herald. November 8, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  28. ^ "NDP's Lill keeps Boudreau, McInnis at bay in Dartmouth". The Chronicle Herald. November 28, 2000. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  29. ^ "Harper appoints ex-Tory MLA McInnis to Senate". The Chronicle Herald. September 7, 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 
  30. ^ "Harper fills 5 Senate vacancies". CBC News. September 7, 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-01. 

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