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The Honourable

Stephen McNeil MLAStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_0_0

28th Premier of Nova ScotiaStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_1_0
MonarchStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_2_0 Elizabeth IIStephen McNeil_cell_0_2_1
Lieutenant GovernorStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_3_0 John J. Grant

Arthur J. LeBlancStephen McNeil_cell_0_3_1

Preceded byStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_4_0 Darrell DexterStephen McNeil_cell_0_4_1
Succeeded byStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_5_0 TBDStephen McNeil_cell_0_5_1
Leader of the OppositionStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_6_0
Preceded byStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_7_0 Darrell DexterStephen McNeil_cell_0_7_1
Succeeded byStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_8_0 Jamie BaillieStephen McNeil_cell_0_8_1
Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal PartyStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_9_0
Preceded byStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_10_0 Michel Samson (interim)Stephen McNeil_cell_0_10_1
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly

for AnnapolisStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_11_0

Preceded byStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_12_0 Frank ChipmanStephen McNeil_cell_0_12_1
Personal detailsStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_13_0
BornStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_14_0 (1964-11-10) November 10, 1964 (age 56)

Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaStephen McNeil_cell_0_14_1

Political partyStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_15_0 Liberal PartyStephen McNeil_cell_0_15_1
HeightStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_16_0 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)Stephen McNeil_cell_0_16_1
Spouse(s)Stephen McNeil_header_cell_0_17_0 AndreaStephen McNeil_cell_0_17_1
ChildrenStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_18_0 2Stephen McNeil_cell_0_18_1
OccupationStephen McNeil_header_cell_0_19_0 PoliticianStephen McNeil_cell_0_19_1

Stephen McNeil MLA (born November 10, 1964) is a Canadian politician who is the 28th and current premier of Nova Scotia, having assumed office on October 22, 2013. Stephen McNeil_sentence_0

He has also represented the riding of Annapolis in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly since 2003 and has been the leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party since 2007. Stephen McNeil_sentence_1

Early life Stephen McNeil_section_0

McNeil was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 12th of 17 children. Stephen McNeil_sentence_2

His mother, Theresa McNeil, was the first female high sheriff in Canada and is a recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia. Stephen McNeil_sentence_3

McNeil attended the Nova Scotia Community College, and owned a small business for 15 years between 1988 and 2003. Stephen McNeil_sentence_4

Political career Stephen McNeil_section_1

McNeil first sought election in 1999 but was defeated. Stephen McNeil_sentence_5

During that election McNeil indicated in a questionnaire provided by the campaign life coalition that he was pro-life. Stephen McNeil_sentence_6

In 2013 a spokesperson for McNeil said his views had evolved since 1999 and he was no longer pro-life. Stephen McNeil_sentence_7

He ran again in 2003 and was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. Stephen McNeil_sentence_8

On January 30, 2007, McNeil announced he would run in the election to become leader of the Liberal Party. Stephen McNeil_sentence_9

He was endorsed by Leo Glavine, Harold Theriault, Wayne Gaudet, Robert Thibault, Rodger Cuzner, Jim Cowan, Don Downe and Dr. Jim Smith. Stephen McNeil_sentence_10

On April 28, 2007 at the Liberal Leadership Convention in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, McNeil was elected leader on the second ballot over runner-up Diana Whalen. Stephen McNeil_sentence_11

In the 2009 election, McNeil led the Liberals to Official Opposition status, winning 11 seats. Stephen McNeil_sentence_12

In the 2013 election, his party won a majority government, defeating the NDP government of Darrell Dexter. Stephen McNeil_sentence_13

In the 2017 election, his party retained a reduced majority of 27 seats in the legislature. Stephen McNeil_sentence_14

On August 6, 2020, McNeil announced that he would resign as leader of the Liberal Party and as Premier of Nova Scotia in early 2021. Stephen McNeil_sentence_15

He will stay on until a successor is chosen in a leadership election. Stephen McNeil_sentence_16

Premier of Nova Scotia Stephen McNeil_section_2

McNeil was sworn in as Premier of Nova Scotia, along with his cabinet by Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia John James Grant on October 22, 2013 in Annapolis Royal. Stephen McNeil_sentence_17

This was the first time since 1954 that the swearing in ceremony has been held outside the provincial capital of Halifax. Stephen McNeil_sentence_18

McNeil is leading the first Liberal government in Nova Scotia in 14 years after a majority win to take 33 of Nova Scotia's 51 provincial seats; during much of that time the Nova Scotia Liberal Party held third party status in the legislature. Stephen McNeil_sentence_19

The McNeil government faced difficulty in the first year of its government with two controversial stories about patronage and nepotism. Stephen McNeil_sentence_20

Just days after being sworn in, Liberal candidate Glennie Langille was offered the job of Chief Protocol Officer. Stephen McNeil_sentence_21

Critics said this was a return to days of political patronage and the job should have gone to the most qualified candidate in an open competition, while advocates said the Premier had done nothing against the rules. Stephen McNeil_sentence_22

A government contract given to the premier's brother was also questioned. Stephen McNeil_sentence_23

Critics had a problem with the fact that McNeil's brother's company was not officially registered with the Registry of Joint Stocks until the day after the tender closed, while advocates said being the premier's brother should not preclude him from receiving government contracts. Stephen McNeil_sentence_24

Nova Scotia's Conflict of Interest Commissioner found no conflict with McNeil's brother's contract. Stephen McNeil_sentence_25

The McNeil government's first session of the legislature lasted only 11 sitting days, the shortest fall sitting since fall sittings were made mandatory in 1994. Stephen McNeil_sentence_26

The McNeil government was not required to hold a fall session of the legislature, as legislative sessions are not required for six months after an election. Stephen McNeil_sentence_27

Campaign commitments by McNeil's Liberal government were met during the first session of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, passing three significant pieces of legislation during this session. Stephen McNeil_sentence_28

The first was a law meant to open the electricity market to more producers. Stephen McNeil_sentence_29

Critics said this law would neither reduce power rates, nor break Nova Scotia Power's monopoly, while advocates said it would soon allow for renewable electricity companies to sell directly to consumers. Stephen McNeil_sentence_30

Another piece of notable legislation was for a statutory holiday in February. Stephen McNeil_sentence_31

Critics said this would hurt the small business community, while advocates said it would help families spend more time together. Stephen McNeil_sentence_32

Another commitment met included legislation to make economic investments more transparent and accountable. Stephen McNeil_sentence_33

Another piece of notable legislation was the Liberal government's commitment to ban the importation of fracking wastewater from other jurisdictions. Stephen McNeil_sentence_34

The McNeil government's first spring of the legislature saw three significant controversies. Stephen McNeil_sentence_35

The Liberals passed essential services legislation that ended a strike by nurses in Halifax who were protesting working conditions. Stephen McNeil_sentence_36

Opponents of Bill 37 said it took away the right to fair collective bargaining and would set back labour relations in the province, while the government said it was necessary to protect health care. Stephen McNeil_sentence_37

Public sector workers from various unions protested the bill. Stephen McNeil_sentence_38

The second controversial legislation was the Financial Measures Act, which eliminated the Graduate Retention Rebate – a tax rebate given to graduates who stayed in the province to work. Stephen McNeil_sentence_39

The government said the program was not working and that student groups wanted it cut. Stephen McNeil_sentence_40

The third controversy stemmed from the McNeil government's April 2015 budget. Stephen McNeil_sentence_41

The budget provided for the elimination of the crown agency Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia, as well as an overhaul of the long-standing Nova Scotia Film Tax Credit. Stephen McNeil_sentence_42

This move appeared to break a pre-election promise made by McNeil in October 2013, and resulted in an outpouring of protest from the creative community. Stephen McNeil_sentence_43

Under political pressure, McNeil was forced to abandon the changes tabled in the budget. Stephen McNeil_sentence_44

The Liberal government instead come up with a new incentive program for the film and television industry: the Nova Scotia Film Production Incentive Fund. Stephen McNeil_sentence_45

The Liberals' first budget forecast a $279 million deficit, and included money to cap class sizes and recruit doctors. Stephen McNeil_sentence_46

Two significant pieces of legislation were introduced. Stephen McNeil_sentence_47

The government took the interest off Nova Scotia student loans for graduates who stay in Nova Scotia, and created a jobs fund called Invest Nova Scotia. Stephen McNeil_sentence_48

McNeil announced on August 6, 2020, that he would be stepping down as Premier of Nova Scotia and leaving public office. Stephen McNeil_sentence_49

In his announcement he confirmed he will remain as premier and leader of the Liberal Party until a party leadership election can be held. Stephen McNeil_sentence_50

Electoral record Stephen McNeil_section_3

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2017 Nova Scotia general electionStephen McNeil_table_caption_1
PartyStephen McNeil_header_cell_1_0_0 CandidateStephen McNeil_header_cell_1_0_2 VotesStephen McNeil_header_cell_1_0_3 %Stephen McNeil_header_cell_1_0_4 ±%Stephen McNeil_header_cell_1_0_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_1_1_0 LiberalStephen McNeil_cell_1_1_1 Stephen McNeilStephen McNeil_cell_1_1_2 6,410Stephen McNeil_cell_1_1_3 64.72Stephen McNeil_cell_1_1_4 -11.16Stephen McNeil_cell_1_1_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_1_2_0 New Democratic PartyStephen McNeil_cell_1_2_1 Colin SproulStephen McNeil_cell_1_2_2 1,517Stephen McNeil_cell_1_2_3 15.31Stephen McNeil_cell_1_2_4 +7.1Stephen McNeil_cell_1_2_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_1_3_0 Progressive ConservativeStephen McNeil_cell_1_3_1 Virginia HurlockStephen McNeil_cell_1_3_2 1,480Stephen McNeil_cell_1_3_3 14.94Stephen McNeil_cell_1_3_4 +1.26Stephen McNeil_cell_1_3_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_1_4_0 GreenStephen McNeil_cell_1_4_1 Zac CrockattStephen McNeil_cell_1_4_2 366Stephen McNeil_cell_1_4_3 3.69Stephen McNeil_cell_1_4_4 +1.46Stephen McNeil_cell_1_4_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_1_5_0 AtlanticaStephen McNeil_cell_1_5_1 Kent RobinsonStephen McNeil_cell_1_5_2 130Stephen McNeil_cell_1_5_3 1.31Stephen McNeil_cell_1_5_4 -Stephen McNeil_cell_1_5_5

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2013 Nova Scotia general electionStephen McNeil_table_caption_2
PartyStephen McNeil_header_cell_2_0_0 CandidateStephen McNeil_header_cell_2_0_2 VotesStephen McNeil_header_cell_2_0_3 %Stephen McNeil_header_cell_2_0_4 ±%Stephen McNeil_header_cell_2_0_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_2_1_0 LiberalStephen McNeil_cell_2_1_1 Stephen McNeilStephen McNeil_cell_2_1_2 7,709Stephen McNeil_cell_2_1_3 75.88Stephen McNeil_cell_2_1_4 +2.56Stephen McNeil_cell_2_1_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_2_2_0 Progressive ConservativeStephen McNeil_cell_2_2_1 Virginia HurlockStephen McNeil_cell_2_2_2 1,390Stephen McNeil_cell_2_2_3 13.68Stephen McNeil_cell_2_2_4 +2.63Stephen McNeil_cell_2_2_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_2_3_0 New Democratic PartyStephen McNeil_cell_2_3_1 Henry SpurrStephen McNeil_cell_2_3_2 834Stephen McNeil_cell_2_3_3 8.21Stephen McNeil_cell_2_3_4 -5.17Stephen McNeil_cell_2_3_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_2_4_0 GreenStephen McNeil_cell_2_4_1 Ron NeufeldStephen McNeil_cell_2_4_2 227Stephen McNeil_cell_2_4_3 2.23Stephen McNeil_cell_2_4_4 -0.02Stephen McNeil_cell_2_4_5

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2009 Nova Scotia general electionStephen McNeil_table_caption_3
PartyStephen McNeil_header_cell_3_0_0 CandidateStephen McNeil_header_cell_3_0_2 VotesStephen McNeil_header_cell_3_0_3 %Stephen McNeil_header_cell_3_0_4 ±%Stephen McNeil_header_cell_3_0_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_3_1_0 LiberalStephen McNeil_cell_3_1_1 Stephen McNeilStephen McNeil_cell_3_1_2 6,446Stephen McNeil_cell_3_1_3 73.32Stephen McNeil_cell_3_1_4 +17.12Stephen McNeil_cell_3_1_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_3_2_0 New Democratic PartyStephen McNeil_cell_3_2_1 Henry SpurrStephen McNeil_cell_3_2_2 1,176Stephen McNeil_cell_3_2_3 13.38Stephen McNeil_cell_3_2_4 -3.37Stephen McNeil_cell_3_2_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_3_3_0 Progressive ConservativeStephen McNeil_cell_3_3_1 Kent RobinsonStephen McNeil_cell_3_3_2 971Stephen McNeil_cell_3_3_3 11.05Stephen McNeil_cell_3_3_4 -5.7Stephen McNeil_cell_3_3_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_3_4_0 GreenStephen McNeil_cell_3_4_1 Jamie SpinneyStephen McNeil_cell_3_4_2 198Stephen McNeil_cell_3_4_3 2.25Stephen McNeil_cell_3_4_4 -0.23Stephen McNeil_cell_3_4_5

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2006 Nova Scotia general electionStephen McNeil_table_caption_4
PartyStephen McNeil_header_cell_4_0_0 CandidateStephen McNeil_header_cell_4_0_2 VotesStephen McNeil_header_cell_4_0_3 %Stephen McNeil_header_cell_4_0_4 ±%Stephen McNeil_header_cell_4_0_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_4_1_0 LiberalStephen McNeil_cell_4_1_1 Stephen McNeilStephen McNeil_cell_4_1_2 4668Stephen McNeil_cell_4_1_3 56.20Stephen McNeil_cell_4_1_4 +5.37Stephen McNeil_cell_4_1_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_4_2_0 Progressive ConservativeStephen McNeil_cell_4_2_1 Blair HannamStephen McNeil_cell_4_2_2 2041Stephen McNeil_cell_4_2_3 24.57Stephen McNeil_cell_4_2_4 -6.85Stephen McNeil_cell_4_2_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_4_3_0 New Democratic PartyStephen McNeil_cell_4_3_1 Malcolm John (Calum) MacKenzieStephen McNeil_cell_4_3_2 1391Stephen McNeil_cell_4_3_3 16.75Stephen McNeil_cell_4_3_4 +1.1Stephen McNeil_cell_4_3_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_4_4_0 GreenStephen McNeil_cell_4_4_1 Ken McGowenStephen McNeil_cell_4_4_2 206Stephen McNeil_cell_4_4_3 2.48Stephen McNeil_cell_4_4_4 -Stephen McNeil_cell_4_4_5

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2003 Nova Scotia general electionStephen McNeil_table_caption_5
PartyStephen McNeil_header_cell_5_0_0 CandidateStephen McNeil_header_cell_5_0_2 VotesStephen McNeil_header_cell_5_0_3 %Stephen McNeil_header_cell_5_0_4 ±%Stephen McNeil_header_cell_5_0_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_5_1_0 LiberalStephen McNeil_cell_5_1_1 Stephen McNeilStephen McNeil_cell_5_1_2 4522Stephen McNeil_cell_5_1_3 50.83Stephen McNeil_cell_5_1_4 +12.01Stephen McNeil_cell_5_1_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_5_2_0 Progressive ConservativeStephen McNeil_cell_5_2_1 Frank ChipmanStephen McNeil_cell_5_2_2 2795Stephen McNeil_cell_5_2_3 31.42Stephen McNeil_cell_5_2_4 -15.61Stephen McNeil_cell_5_2_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_5_3_0 New Democratic PartyStephen McNeil_cell_5_3_1 Adrian NetteStephen McNeil_cell_5_3_2 1395Stephen McNeil_cell_5_3_3 15.68Stephen McNeil_cell_5_3_4 -2.75Stephen McNeil_cell_5_3_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_5_4_0 Nova Scotia PartyStephen McNeil_cell_5_4_1 Harry WilsonStephen McNeil_cell_5_4_2 185Stephen McNeil_cell_5_4_3 2.08Stephen McNeil_cell_5_4_4 -0.8Stephen McNeil_cell_5_4_5

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1999 Nova Scotia general electionStephen McNeil_table_caption_6
PartyStephen McNeil_header_cell_6_0_0 CandidateStephen McNeil_header_cell_6_0_2 VotesStephen McNeil_header_cell_6_0_3 %Stephen McNeil_header_cell_6_0_4 ±%Stephen McNeil_header_cell_6_0_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_6_1_0 Progressive ConservativeStephen McNeil_cell_6_1_1 Frank ChipmanStephen McNeil_cell_6_1_2 4026Stephen McNeil_cell_6_1_3 43.43Stephen McNeil_cell_6_1_4 +9.1Stephen McNeil_cell_6_1_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_6_2_0 LiberalStephen McNeil_cell_6_2_1 Stephen McNeilStephen McNeil_cell_6_2_2 3265Stephen McNeil_cell_6_2_3 35.22Stephen McNeil_cell_6_2_4 -1.8Stephen McNeil_cell_6_2_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_6_3_0 New Democratic PartyStephen McNeil_cell_6_3_1 Tom ClahaneStephen McNeil_cell_6_3_2 1708Stephen McNeil_cell_6_3_3 18.43Stephen McNeil_cell_6_3_4 -8.1Stephen McNeil_cell_6_3_5
Stephen McNeil_cell_6_4_0 Nova Scotia PartyStephen McNeil_cell_6_4_1 Paul MannStephen McNeil_cell_6_4_2 271Stephen McNeil_cell_6_4_3 2.92Stephen McNeil_cell_6_4_4 -Stephen McNeil_cell_6_4_5


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