Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)
|Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party|
|Preceded by||Robert Chisholm|
|Succeeded by||Darrell Dexter|
|MLA for Cape Breton The Lakes|
|Preceded by||Bernie Boudreau|
|Succeeded by||Brian Boudreau|
|Born||New Waterford, Nova Scotia|
|Residence||Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia|
Helen MacDonald is a Canadian politician.
She was a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.
Early life and career
She was a teacher and education administrator for 37 years.
A longtime NDP supporter, MacDonald first attempted to enter provincial politics in the 1988 election, finishing third in the Cape Breton-The Lakes riding behind Liberal Bernie Boudreau and Progressive Conservative incumbent John Newell.
She ran again in the 1993 election, losing to Boudreau by more than 5200 votes, while edging out the Progressive Conservative candidate to finish second.
Following Boudreau's resignation as MLA, MacDonald ran in the byelection to replace him.
MacDonald was also the first woman MLA elected in Cape Breton.
She was re-elected by 866 votes in the 1998 election, and served as caucus chairwoman and gaming critic.
At the leadership convention on July 15, MacDonald trailed MLA Kevin Deveaux by four votes after the second ballot, but with the support of third place candidate Maureen MacDonald, she overtook Deveaux on the third ballot to win the leadership.
MacDonald officially took over as leader on July 17.
On January 14, 2001, she was nominated to run as the NDP candidate for the riding.
On March 6, 2001, MacDonald finished third in the byelection, losing to Progressive Conservative Cecil Clarke.
Following the loss, MacDonald said she would continue to serve as leader, but resigned on April 24, after she learned that six members of the NDP caucus wanted to meet with her to ask for her resignation.
She was succeeded by Darrell Dexter.
MacDonald and her husband John reside in Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia.
They have six children.
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