Dave Wilson (Sackville politician)

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David Allan Wilson

Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Sackville-Cobequid
In office
August 5, 2003 – November 16, 2018
Preceded byJohn Holm
Succeeded bySteve Craig
Personal details
Alma, Quebec
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Penny Wilson
Childrentwo children
ResidenceSackville, Nova Scotia

David "Dave" Allan Wilson (born 1970) is a Canadian politician and member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, representing the riding of Sackville-Cobequid for the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party. He was first elected in the 2003 election when veteran MLA John Holm did not re-offer. Wilson was re-elected in the 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2017 elections.

WIlson stepped down as the MLA for Sackville-Cobequid on November 16, 2018 stating, "It's just time for me to look at other things".[2]

Early life

Prior to his election, Wilson was a paramedic in the community of Sackville for almost eight years. He was educated at Sackville High School and Saint Mary's University. He also received his Diploma as an Emergency Medical Technician at the School of Allied Health - School of Emergency Health Services at the VG Hospital, Halifax.

He volunteered as a firefighter with HRM Fire and Emergency Services and the Sackville Fire Department, where he has held several key executive positions including vice-chairman of the department.[3]

Member of the Legislative Assembly

Role in Opposition

From 2005 to 2008, while in opposition, Wilson performed the critic roles for Heritage and Culture, Tourism, Heritage Act, and Housing and Communications until August 2005, when he was named the critic for Health.[4]

Introduction of Bills

Wilson introduced several bills while in opposition, including amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act which would require drivers on highways without a median barrier to slow to 50 km/hr when passing a motor vehicle accident where authorities are present,[5] the Health Protection Act which would require the Minister of Health to develop a pre-surgery care program for each district health authorities,[6] and the Volunteer Services Act which suggested that ‘good Samaritans rendering service or assistance under this Act are not responsible for the payment of fees associated with rendering that service or assistance.’[7] Each of these bills was blocked by the Conservative government at the time and did not escalate past the 1st reading.[8]

Member of the Executive Council of Nova Scotia

On January 11, 2011, Wilson was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of a newly amalgamated Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.[9]

As Minister, Wilson released Nova Scotia's first strategic Arts and Culture 5-Year plan.[10]

On March 27, 2012, Wilson appointed members to the first Arts Nova Scotia board.[11] The board is composed of eleven Nova Scotians from across the arts sector and is part of the province's five-point plan on arts and culture released in February 2011.[10] Nine years prior, a similar group existed under the Conservative government, however it was dismantled, stating that the move would cut administrative costs and artists would receive the money directly.[12]

On May 30, 2012, Premier Darrell Dexter shuffled his cabinet, moving Maureen MacDonald to the Finance portfolio, making way for Wilson to take over as Minister of Health and Minister of Acadian Affairs.[13]

Return to Opposition

Wilson was re-elected in the 2013 election,[14][15] but returned to opposition as the New Democrats finished third.[16] On June 7, 2015, Wilson announced his intention to seek the leadership of the NS NDP at the party's 2016 leadership convention.[17][18] On February 27, 2016, Wilson was defeated in his bid for the leadership, finishing third on the first ballot.[19]

Wilson was re-elected in the 2017 election.[20]

Electoral record

2017 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
New Democratic Dave Wilson 3,465 44.0
Liberal Michel Hindlet 2,038 25.9
Progressive Conservative John Giannakos 1,991 25.3
Green Tanner Montgomery 262 3.3
Atlantica Cathy Morgan 88 1.1
Total valid votes 100.0  
2013 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     New Democratic Party Dave Wilson 2,983 38.45 -26.89
     Liberal Graham Cameron 2,898 37.35 +17.60
     Progressive Conservative Peter MacIsaac 1,651 21.28 +8.82
Green John Percy 227 2.93 +0.47
2009 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     New Democratic Party Dave Wilson 5120 65.34
     Liberal Scott Hemming 1548 19.75
     Progressive Conservative Jessica Alexander 976 12.46
Green Ian Charles 192 2.45
2006 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     New Democratic Party Dave Wilson 4475 54.50
     Progressive Conservative Steve Craig 2499 30.42
     Liberal David Major 1055 12.80
Green Elizabeth Nicolson 187 2.28
2003 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     New Democratic Party Dave Wilson 3881 45.22
     Progressive Conservative John Giannakos 2426 28.43
     Liberal Bob Harvey 2147 25.23
Marijuana Michael D. Patriquen 97 1.12


  1. ^ 62nd General Assembly Nova Scotia Legislature
  2. ^ Laroche, Jean (November 16, 2018). "Dave Wilson steps down as MLA for Sackville-Cobequid". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  3. ^ "Legislative Assembly Profile". Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia. June 9, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "Nova Scotia NDP profile". Archived from the original on 2012-09-03. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  5. ^ An Act to Amend Chapter 293 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Motor Vehicle Act, June 30, 2006.
  6. ^ “An Act to Amend Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2004, the Health Protection Act, March 29, 2007.
  7. ^ “An Act to Amend Chapter 497 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Volunteer Services Act”, May 5, 2006.
  8. ^ "Status of Bills introduced by David Wilson". Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "Premier Dexter makes changes to cabinet". The Yarmouth County Vanguard. January 11, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
  10. ^ a b "Arts & Culture get V-Day Love". Metro Halifax. February 15, 2011.
  11. ^ "Arts board's 11 members appointed". The Chronicle Herald. March 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "Arts council to oversee funding". CBC Nova Scotia. February 15, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  13. ^ "First female finance minister appointed in N.S." CBC. May 31, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Liberal wave ousts 6 cabinet ministers". CBC News. October 8, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  15. ^ "Metro Halifax ridings turn Liberal red". The Chronicle Herald. October 8, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "Nova Scotia Liberals win provincial election". Canada.com. October 8, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "MLA Dave Wilson announces bid for NDP leadership". The Chronicle Herald. June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
  18. ^ "Dave Wilson announces bid for NDP leadership". CBC News. June 7, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  19. ^ "Nova Scotia's New Democrats elect Gary Burrill as new leader". CBC News. February 27, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  20. ^ "A leader wins, a cabinet minister loses: How Halifax-area candidates fared". CBC News. May 31, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017.