2006 Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia leadership election
The Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia leadership election of 2006 was held on February 11, 2006 to select a replacement for John Hamm, as Premier of Nova Scotia and leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia. September 29, 2005 - Hamm announces his retirement, effective upon the election of a new leader. October 15, 2005 - The PC Party announces that the leadership vote will be held on February 11, 2006 with a delegated convention as opposed to the one member one vote system used in the previous race. October 26, 2005 - Bill Black becomes the first candidate to enter the race. October 28, 2005 - Neil LeBlanc becomes the second candidate to enter the race. November 4, 2005 - Rodney MacDonald becomes the third candidate to enter the race. December 27, 2005 - Membership cutoff date. January 7, 2006 - Delegate selection period begins. February 11, 2006 - Leadership convention held in Halifax. Rodney MacDonald wins on 2nd ballot with support from Neil LeBlanc.
February 24, 2006 - MacDonald sworn in as 32nd Premier of Nova Scotia. Bill Black, former CEO of Maritime Life and candidate for the Halifax Citadel by-election Neil LeBlanc, former minister of Finance Rodney MacDonald, minister of Tourism, Culture & Heritage and MLA for Inverness The following individuals were the subject of media speculation about running or themselves indicated they were considering a run but opted against. Michael Baker, minister of Justice and MLA for Lunenburg Jamie Baillie, former Chief of Staff to Premier Hamm. Cecil Clarke, minister of Energy and MLA for Cape Breton North Ernie Fage, minister of Economic Development and MLA for Cumberland North Richard Hurlburt, minister of Natural Resources and MLA for Yarmouth Peter Kelly, mayor of Halifax Peter MacKay, deputy leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and MP for Central Nova Kerry Morash, minister of Environment and Labour and MLA for Queens Jane Purves, former minister of Education, Chief of Staff to Premier Hamm Judy Streatch, MLA for Chester-St.
Margaret's The first ballot was close, with just 59 votes separating the first and last place candidates. LeBlanc eliminated, supports MacDonald. Hamm's resignation announcement Party website
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Robert Lorne Stanfield, was the 17th Premier of Nova Scotia and leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was born into an affluent Nova Scotia clothing manufacturing and political family in 1914, he graduated from Harvard Law School in the 1930s. Stanfield became the leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party in 1948, after a rebuilding period, led the party to government in 1956; as premier, he won three straight elections. His government was credited with modernizing the way the province delivered education and medical services. In 1967, he became the leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, he was the leader of the Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and fought three general elections, losing each time to the Liberals under Pierre Trudeau. He resigned as leader in 1976 and from public office in 1979. In retirement, he lived in Ottawa, died there in 2003 from complications due to pneumonia, he is sometimes referred to as "the best prime minister Canada never had".
As one of Canada's most distinguished and respected statesmen, he was one of several people granted the style "The Right Honourable" who were not so entitled by virtue of an office held. Stanfield was born in the son of Sarah Emma and entrepreneur Frank Stanfield, his family owned a large textile company. He studied economics and political science at Dalhousie University and was awarded the Governor General's Silver Medal for achieving the highest standing when he graduated in 1936 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he studied law at Harvard Law School, where he was an honours student near the top of his class. He was the first Canadian to edit the Harvard Law Review. During his student days in the 1930s, he witnessed the poverty that the Great Depression produced, causing him to become interested in John Maynard Keynes' economic theories. Stanfield considered himself a socialist at this time. Over time, he was less attached to socialism, but its influence on him remained, as he was considered a Red Tory for his appreciation of the common good.
After playing a role managing Victory Bonds during the Second World War, Stanfield entered Nova Scotia politics. The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia was in poor shape; the Liberals dominated the province, the Tories did not have a single seat in the legislature. In 1948, Stanfield was elected leader of the party, began the long process to revive the party, culminating in a majority victory in 1956, their first in decades. Stanfield served as Premier of Nova Scotia, he led reforms in human rights, municipal government and health care and created Industrial Estates Limited, a crown corporation that attracted investment from world companies such as Michelin Tire. He won re-election four times. "Stanfield became the first Conservative Premier to win four successive majority governments. He modernized the road system, brought in the first form of Medicare, established the first economic development agency, established the Voluntary Economic Planning Board and helped to start the new Neptune Theatre.
Stanfield’s government invested in education at all levels including the creation of vocational schools and provided the first consistent funding to universities." In 1967, the federal Progressive Conservative Party was racked by disunity between supporters and opponents of the leadership of John Diefenbaker. Stanfield entered the campaign for the party leadership. With the help of his Nova Scotian advisors and PC Party President Dalton Camp, he was the favourite and won on the fifth ballot of the 1967 leadership convention. Stanfield brought the Progressive Conservatives high in the polls, prompting many to expect him to defeat the Liberal government of the aging Lester B. Pearson. Pearson would soon retire, prompting the Liberals to choose Pierre Trudeau. Trudeau was a charismatic public speaker, a strong performer on television, provided the party with major credibility in Quebec. Stanfield's uniligualism and laconic speaking style contrasted poorly with the new Liberal leader; the Liberals were re-elected and increased their support to form a majority government in the 1968 election.
While able to carry on as leader after his initial defeat, Stanfield faced a variety of problems within the federal PC caucus, most controversially his support of the Liberal Official Languages Act and official bilingualism, which threatened a caucus revolt led by Diefenbaker supporters. Stanfield's support of bilingualism did not endear him to the conservative base during his political career, though he earned much respect for his stand after he retired. In the election of 1972, Stanfield's Tories campaigned on the public's perception that the Liberals were mismanaging the economy. Though the Liberals started high in the polls, Trudeau's popularity had worn off and they slumped due to a poor campaign; the Tories came within two seats of defeating the Liberal government. The Liberals dropped to a minority government and stayed in power for two years with support from David Lewis and the New Democratic Party; the general election was expected to be close but Stanfield refused to sign the nomination papers of former Moncton mayor Leonard Jones.
In the federal election of 1974, Stanfield ran on a policy of wage and price controls to help inhibit the rapid inflation of the era. Trudeau mocked the idea, saying that one couldn't say, "Zap! You're frozen!" to the economy. Trudeau wrote in his memoirs that Stanfield's platform allowed h
Neil J. LeBlanc is a former politician in Nova Scotia, Canada, he was born to Alfred LeBlanc. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University and for the chartered accounting firm of Peat and Mitchell, he entered politics in 1984, when he was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as a Progressive Conservative for the riding of Argyle. LeBlanc after his second election victory in 1988, was named Solicitor General, becoming one of Nova Scotia’s youngest Cabinet Ministers. In the 1990s, LeBlanc served as Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission and Minister of Government Services, he lost his seat during the Liberal sweep of 1993, returned home to establish N. LeBlanc Enterprises Ltd. a fish and lobster wholesale company. LeBlanc made a successful return to politics in the 1998 election, winning back the seat he lost, five years earlier. Following the election, he was named as the Progressive Conservative House Leader, he was re-elected in the 1999 election, that saw the Progressive Conservatives under John Hamm form a majority government.
He was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Finance, Minister of Business and Consumer Services, as well as Minister of Acadian Affairs. Along with his cabinet duties, he was named the minister responsible for Nova Scotia Resources Ltd. Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, Halifax/Dartmouth Bridge Commission. In 2002, LeBlanc introduced Nova Scotia’s first balanced budget in 40 years. In 2003, LeBlanc retired after 14 years as an MLA and eight and a half years as a Cabinet Minister, to return to Wedgeport to spend more time with his family and to assume his new duties as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Municipality of the District of Argyle. In 2005, LeBlanc announced his candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. Considered a front-runner, LeBlanc finished last on the first ballot, 59 votes behind the leader, Rodney MacDonald, 12 behind second place finisher, Bill Black. Dropped from the second ballot, LeBlanc endorsed MacDonald, who defeated Black on the decisive ballot.
On July 13, 2006, LeBlanc was named as Consul General to Boston replacing Stan Keyes. Following the Progressive Conservative defeat to the New Democratic Party in the 2009 election and the subsequent resignation of Progressive Conservative leader Rodney MacDonald, LeBlanc was touted as a possible contender to replace MacDonald
Jamie Baillie is a Canadian former politician. He served as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia from 2010 to 2018, was the Leader of the Opposition from 2013 until January 2018, when he resigned and returned to the private sector. At the same time, he resigned as MLA for Cumberland South, the riding he had represented in the House of Assembly since 2010. Prior to entering politics, he was the head of Credit Union Atlantic. Raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, he graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre in 1984. Baillie has been involved with the Progressive Conservative Party for over 25 years. While earning his commerce degree at Dalhousie University, Baillie became involved in the Nova Scotia PC Youth and served as president of the Dalhousie Young PCs and president of the Nova Scotia Young Progressive Conservatives, he served as a cabinet minister in the Nova Scotia Youth Parliament, an M. P. in the Youth Parliament of Canada. He went on to earn his Chartered Accountant designation, graduated from the Canadian Securities Institute and completed the High Potential Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.
In 2002, Premier John Hamm called upon Baillie to serve as his Chief of Staff. Baillie acted as a principal advisor to Hamm and played a key role on a number of initiatives, including improvements to public education and the preparation and presentation of balanced budgets. In 2008 and 2009, he was the co-chair of the United Way of Halifax Region campaign; the campaign surpassed that goal. He has served as Chair of the Board for Neptune Theatre and is a Director of the Halifax International Airport Authority, he was a member of the Board of Governors at Dalhousie University and of the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame and is a Past President of Prescott Group, a sheltered workshop for intellectually challenged adults. Baillie has worked as a Senior Partner with Robertson Surrette, an executive search firm located in Halifax, was the Vice-President of Finance for CitiGroup Properties. On June 7, 2010, Baillie announced his candidacy for leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.
He launched his campaign by pledging a return to accountability, conservative principles and a new direction for the party and the province. Baillie brings a fiscally conservative approach to politics, including a promise to get a handle on the growing debt, return to mandatory balanced budgets and reduce the growth of a burgeoning civil service. In his campaign launch, Baillie touted ideas to combat population decline that included immigration targets to bring Nova Scotia's population to one million people and an income tax exemption for graduates under 30-years-old, he emphasized that stronger regional collaboration is needed among Atlantic Provinces on energy generation and transmission. When nominations closed on August 16, 2010, Baillie was the only candidate to enter the race and won the leadership uncontested, he was named interim leader on August 18, took over as leader when ratified by party members at a convention in October 2010. On September 8, 2010, Baillie announced his intention to run in a byelection for the constituency of Cumberland South, left vacant by retiring Progressive Conservative member Murray Scott.
On October 26, 2010, Baillie won the byelection to represent Cumberland South in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. In the 2013 election, Baillie led the Progressive Conservatives to second place, winning 11 seats and becoming Leader of the Opposition, he won personal re-election in the Cumberland South riding. Baillie's 2013 campaign was managed by Janet Fryday-Dorey chaired by Halifax-based lawyer, Tara Erskine. In the 2017 election, Baillie's Progressive Conservatives won 17 seats, retaining Official Opposition status, as the Liberals won a second consecutive majority government. Baillie was again re-elected in Cumberland South; the 2017 PC campaign was managed by Chad Bowie. On November 1, 2017, Baillie announced he was resigning as Progressive Conservative leader, but would remain in the position until a new leader was chosen. On January 24, 2018, Baillie returned to the private sector. Baillie is married to Sandra Crowell, they have two daughters. He was named one of Atlantic Canada's top 50 CEOs for five years running.
He is a member of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was named a Fellow Chartered Accountant, the highest designation for that profession. Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia leadership elections Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia leadership election, 2006 Official website Members of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
The Progressive Conservative Party of Canada was a federal political party in Canada. In 2003, the party membership voted to dissolve the party and merge with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern-day Conservative Party of Canada. One member of the Senate of Canada, Elaine McCoy, sat as an "Independent Progressive Conservative" until 2016; the conservative parties in most Canadian provinces still use the Progressive Conservative name. Some PC Party members formed the Progressive Canadian Party, which has attracted only marginal support. Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, belonged to the Liberal-Conservative Party, but in advance of confederation in 1867, the Conservative Party took in a large number of defectors from the Liberals who supported the establishment of a Canadian Confederation. Thereafter, the Conservative Party became the Liberal-Conservative Party until the turn of the twentieth century; the federal Tories governed Canada for over forty of the country's first 70 years of existence.
However, the party spent the majority of its history in opposition as the nation's number-two federal party, behind the Liberal Party of Canada. From 1896 to 1993 the Tories formed a government only five times—from 1911 to 1921, from 1930 to 1935, from 1957 to 1963, from 1979 to 1980 and from 1984 to 1993, it stands as the only Canadian party to have won more than 200 seats in an election—a feat it accomplished twice: in 1958 and 1984. The party suffered a decade-long decline following the 1993 federal election and formally dissolved on 7 December 2003, when it merged with the Canadian Alliance to form the modern-day Conservative Party of Canada; the last meeting of the Progressive Conservative federal caucus was held in early 2004. The Conservative Party of Canada took power in 2006 and governed under the leadership of Stephen Harper until 2015, when it was defeated by the Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau. Between the party's founding in 1867, its adoption of the "Progressive Conservative" name in 1942, the party changed its name several times.
It was most known as the Conservative Party. Several loosely associated provincial Progressive Conservative parties continue to exist in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador; as well, a small rump of Senators opposed the merger, continued to sit in the Parliament of Canada as Progressive Conservatives. The last one of them rescinded their party status in 2016; the Yukon association of the party renamed itself as the Yukon Party in 1990. The British Columbia Progressive Conservative Party changed its name to the British Columbia Conservative Party in 1991. Saskatchewan's Progressive Conservative Party ceased to exist in 1997, when the Saskatchewan Party formed – from former PC Members of the Legislative Assembly with a few Saskatchewan Liberal MLAs joining them; the party adopted the "Progressive Conservative" party name in 1942 when Manitoba Premier John Bracken, a long-time leader of that province's Progressive Party, agreed to become leader of the federal Conservatives on condition that the party add Progressive to its name.
Despite the name change, most former Progressive supporters continued to support the Liberal Party of Canada or the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, Bracken's leadership of the Conservative Party came to an end in 1948. Many Canadians continued to refer to the party as "the Conservatives". A major weakness of the party since 1885 was its inability to win support in Quebec, estranged by that year's execution of Louis Riel; the Conscription Crisis of 1917 exacerbated the issue. Though the Conservative Party of Quebec dominated politics in that province for the first 30 years of Confederation at both the federal and provincial levels, in the 20th century the party was never able to become a force in provincial politics, losing power in 1897, dissolving in 1935 into the Union Nationale, which took power in 1936 under Maurice Duplessis. In 20th-century federal politics, the Conservatives were seen as insensitive to French-Canadian ambitions and interests and succeeded in winning more than a handful of seats in Quebec, with a few notable exceptions: the 1930 federal election, in which Richard Bedford Bennett led the party to a thin majority government victory by securing 24 seats in rural Quebec.
The party never recovered from the fragmentation of Mulroney's broad coalition in the late 1980s resulting from Anglophone Canada's failure to ratify the Meech Lake Accord. Prior to its merger with the Canadian Alliance, it held only 15 of 301 seats in the House of Commons of Canada; the party did not hold more than 20 seats in Parliament between 1993 and 2003. The party pre-dates confederation in 1867, when it accepted many conservative-leaning former members of the Liberal Party into its ranks. At confederation, the Liberal-Conservative Party of Canada became Canada's first governing party under Sir John A. Macdonald, for years was either the governing party of Canada or the largest opposition party; the party changed its name to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada following the election as leader of Progressive Party of Manitoba Premier John Bracken in December 1942, who insisted on the name change as a condition of becoming leader. The Progressive Conservative Party was on the