MacDonald appointed Acting Leader of NS NDP
November 23, 2013
(Lower Sackville, NS) NDP MLA Maureen MacDonald was appointed Acting Leader of the NS NDP at a Provincial Council meeting today, November 23.
“This is both a challenging time and an exciting time for our party. I’m pleased to be able to serve as Leader for the interim,” said MacDonald.
MacDonald accepted the position today after former NDP leader Darrell Dexter stepped down on November 16.
MacDonald has won six consecutive elections and served as Nova Scotia’s first female Minister of Finance. As Minister of Health and Wellness, she led many NDP initiatives including Collaborative Emergency Centres, Fair Prices for Generic Drugs, Nova Scotia’s first Mental Health Strategy as well as better care for senior’s initiatives.
Her past employment includes social work at the NS Hospital (Adolescent & Children’s Services), Dalhousie Legal Aid, the North End Community Health Centre, and with CBC – TV News. Prior to her election in 1998, Maureen was a faculty member at the Maritime School of Social Work at Dalhousie University.
Maureen is a long-time resident of North End Halifax in the historic Hydrostone district where she serves as MLA for Halifax – Needham.
“Maureen is an experienced MLA and a long-time Party member. She will be an excellent leader during this period of transition,” said David Wallbridge, President of the NS NDP.
A process to elect the new permanent Leader of the Party will be announced at a future date.