Gary Burrill

Gary Clayton Burrill (born 1955)[1] is a Canadian politician and the leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.

Gary Burrill

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Leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party
Assumed office
February 27, 2016
Preceded byMaureen MacDonald (Interim)
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Halifax Chebucto
Assumed office
May 30, 2017
Preceded byJoachim Stroink
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley
In office
June 9, 2009 – October 8, 2013
Preceded byBrooke Taylor
Succeeded byLarry Harrison
Personal details
Woodstock, New Brunswick
Political partyNew Democrat
OccupationUnited Church Minister

Early life and education

Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, his father was a United Church minister.[1] In 1978, he graduated from Queen's University with a Masters of Arts in History. Burrill taught sociology at Mount Saint Vincent University, Saint Mary's University, and the Maritime School of Social Work.[1] He later graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University, and in 1992 he was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada and became a minister in Upper Musquodoboit.[1]

Political career

He was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2009 provincial election.[2] He represented the electoral district of Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley as a member of the New Democratic Party until his defeat in the 2013 election.[3]

Burrill was the ministerial assistant for the Minister of Community Services (Housing), and chair of the Veteran's Affairs Committee of the Nova Scotia Legislature, in the government of Darrell Dexter.[4]

On June 11, 2015, Burrill announced he was running for the leadership of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.[5] On February 27, 2016, Burrill was elected as leader of the Party, winning on the second counting of ballots in the instant-runoff voting system used for this election.[6]

In July 2016, Burrill announced that he would seek the NDP nomination in Halifax Chebucto for the 2017 election.[7] He defeated Joachim Stroink in the election to return to the legislature.[8] Under Burril's leadership in the 2017 election, the NDP took 7 seats, the same number the party received on election night in 2013 but two more than it held going into the election.


  1. ^ a b c d Burrill, Gary, 1955- MemoryNS
  2. ^ "Burrill shocked by unexpected win in Colchester Musquodoboit Valley". Truro Daily News. June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  3. ^ "Harrison returns Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley riding to PC fold". Truro Daily News. October 8, 2013. Archived from the original on October 11, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-10.
  4. ^ "Ministerial Assistants Announced" (Press release). Government of Nova Scotia. February 10, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "Former MLA Gary Burrill joins race to lead provincial New Democrats". The Chronicle Herald. June 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  6. ^ "Gary Burrill chosen as new leader of Nova Scotia's NDP". The Chronicle Herald. February 27, 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  7. ^ "NDP Leader Gary Burrill to seek Halifax Chebucto nomination". CBC News. July 12, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-16.
  8. ^ "Leader Gary Burrill wins Halifax Chebucto, 'returned to the New Democratic Party'". Metro. May 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-09.