Laird Stirling

R. Laird Stirling (August 22, 1938 – March 2, 2020) was a Canadian politician and minister. He represented the electoral district of Dartmouth North in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1978 to 1988. He was a member of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party.[1]

Laird Stirling
MLA for Dartmouth North
In office
Preceded byGlen M. Bagnell
Succeeded bySandy Jolly
Personal details
Born(1938-08-22)August 22, 1938
Noranda, Quebec, Canada
DiedMarch 2, 2020(2020-03-02) (aged 81)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Stirling was born in Noranda, Quebec. He attended the Atlantic School of Theology and McMaster University. He was a minister and has also worked as a hospital chaplain. He was married to Carolyn Wilson.[2]

Stirling entered provincial politics in the 1978 election, defeating Liberal cabinet minister Glen Bagnell by over 1,600 votes in Dartmouth North.[3] In June 1979, Stirling was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Social Services.[2][4] He was re-elected in the 1981 election,[5] and was moved to Minister of Consumer Affairs in December 1981.[6][7] Following his re-election in 1984,[8] Stirling continued to serve as Minister of Consumer Affairs until February 1987, when he was moved to Minister of Environment.[9] In November 1987, Stirling was shuffled again, becoming Minister of Municipal Affairs.[10][11] He was defeated when he ran for re-election in 1988, losing to Liberal Sandy Jolly by 121 votes.[12][13] Stirling died on March 2, 2020.[14]


  1. ^ "Electoral History for Dartmouth North" (PDF). Nova Scotia Legislative Library. Retrieved 2014-11-14.
  2. ^ a b Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory. Public Archives of Nova Scotia. p. 215. ISBN 0-88871-050-X. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  3. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1978" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1978. p. 57. Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  4. ^ "Called out of control, Government of N.S. gets radical surgery". The Globe and Mail. June 23, 1979.
  5. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1981". Elections Nova Scotia. 1981. p. 61. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  6. ^ "9 Nova Scotia ministers moved to new portfolios". The Montreal Gazette. December 11, 1981. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  7. ^ "Nine N.S. ministers change titles". The Globe and Mail. December 12, 1981.
  8. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1984" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1984. p. 63. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  9. ^ "N.S. attorney-general gets less-prominent job". The Globe and Mail. February 5, 1987.
  10. ^ "Buchanan shuffles his cabinet". The Globe and Mail. November 25, 1987.
  11. ^ "Shuffle seen as move to help ministers". The Globe and Mail. November 26, 1987.
  12. ^ "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1988" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. 1988. p. 65. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  13. ^ "Nova Scotia Tories win thin majority". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1988.
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