Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)

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Helen MacDonaldHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_0_0
Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic PartyHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_1_0
Preceded byHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_2_0 Robert ChisholmHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_2_1
Succeeded byHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_3_0 Darrell DexterHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_3_1
MLA for Cape Breton The LakesHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_4_0
Preceded byHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_5_0 Bernie BoudreauHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_5_1
Succeeded byHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_6_0 Brian BoudreauHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_6_1
Personal detailsHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_7_0
BornHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_8_0 New Waterford, Nova ScotiaHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_8_1
Political partyHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_9_0 NDPHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_9_1
ResidenceHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_10_0 Bras d'Or, Nova ScotiaHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_10_1
OccupationHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_header_cell_0_11_0 teacher, administratorHelen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_cell_0_11_1

Helen MacDonald is a Canadian politician. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_0

She represented the electoral district of Cape Breton The Lakes in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1997 to 1999. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_1

She was a member of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_2

Early life and career Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_section_0

Born in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, MacDonald was educated at the Nova Scotia Normal College and St. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_3 Francis Xavier University. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_4

She was a teacher and education administrator for 37 years. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_5

Political career Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_section_1

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. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_6

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. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_7

Following Boudreau's resignation as MLA, MacDonald ran in the byelection to replace him. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_8

On November 4, 1997, MacDonald won the byelection by 665 votes, becoming the first provincial New Democrat elected from Cape Breton since 1978. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_9

MacDonald was also the first woman MLA elected in Cape Breton. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_10

She was re-elected by 866 votes in the 1998 election, and served as caucus chairwoman and gaming critic. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_11

She was defeated when she ran for re-election in 1999, losing to Liberal Brian Boudreau by 101 votes. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_12

On March 22, 2000, MacDonald announced that she was entering the race to replace Robert Chisholm as leader of the Nova Scotia New Democrats. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_13

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. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_14

MacDonald officially took over as leader on July 17. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_15

In October 2000, MacDonald announced that she would run in the Cape Breton North riding when a byelection was held to replace former Liberal premier Russell MacLellan. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_16

On January 14, 2001, she was nominated to run as the NDP candidate for the riding. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_17

On March 6, 2001, MacDonald finished third in the byelection, losing to Progressive Conservative Cecil Clarke. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_18

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. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_19

She was succeeded by Darrell Dexter. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_20

Personal life Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_section_2

MacDonald and her husband John reside in Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_21

They have six children. Helen MacDonald (Nova Scotia politician)_sentence_22

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