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Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
|Current Leader:||Darrell Dexter|
|Headquarters:||1660 Hollis Street |
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Political Ideology:||Democratic Socialism|
|Federal Affiliation:||New Democratic Party|
The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party is a social democratic party in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is aligned with the federal New Democratic Party of Canada. Originally founded as the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in 1932, it became the NDP in 1961.
In 1980, Alexa McDonough became leader of the Nova Scotia NDP, the first female leader of a major party in Canada. While she was sometimes the only NDP member of the legislature, and had, at most, a caucus of four MLAs, she raised the party's profile. McDonough laid the basis for its breakthrough in the 1990s under Robert Chisholm , who became provincial NDP leader in 1996.
Under Chisolm's leadership, in 1998 the party won 19 seats in the Nova Scotia legislature, the same number as the Liberals. The Liberals formed a minority government with the support of the Progressive Conservatives. The prospect of an NDP government seemed imminent.
However, the party was unable to improve on its standings in the 1999 election. But with 11 seats in the legislature with 29.9% of the vote, it edged out the Liberals and were able to hold Official Opposition status when the Tories formed a majority government under John Hamm.
The political scene in Nova Scotia remains tightly divided among the three parties, with any poised to form government.
See also: List of political parties in Canada
Cooperative Commonwealth Federation
New Democratic Party
- James H. Aitchison (1962 - November 1968)
- Jeremy Akerman (November 1968 - May 1980)
- James 'Buddy' MacEachern (1980)
- Alexa McDonough (1980 - 1994)
- John Holm (1994 - 1996)
- Robert Chisholm (1996 - 2000)
- Helen MacDonald (2000 - 2001)
- Darrell Dexter (2001 - present)
Election results 1933–1998
|Election||# of candidates nominated||# of seats won||# of total votes||% of popular vote|
- Election results between 1933-1963 represent the party during its time as the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation. 1963-present the party is called the New Democratic Party.
- Information taken from Politics of Nova Scotia: Vol. Two 1896-1988 by J. Murray Beck . Four Post Publications: Tantallon, Nova Scotia, 1988.
- Information after 1984 is from Elections Nova Scotia
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