Iain Rankin (politician)

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Iain Rankin

Iain Rankin headshot.jpg
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Timberlea-Prospect
Assumed office
October 8, 2013
Preceded byBill Estabrooks
Personal details
Born (1983-04-09) April 9, 1983 (age 37)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political partyNova Scotia Liberal Party
ResidenceHalifax, Nova Scotia
WebsiteOfficial website

Iain Rankin (born April 9, 1983) is a Canadian politician, who serves in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, representing the electoral district of Timberlea-Prospect.[1] Rankin was first elected in the 2013 election and was re-elected in the 2017 election.

Early life

Originally from Mabou, Nova Scotia, Rankin grew up in Timberlea, and is the son of long term Halifax city councilor Reg Rankin. After receiving his degree, Iain lived and worked in a number jurisdictions throughout Canada. While living in Ottawa, Rankin worked as Director of Operations for Dymon Storage Corporation. During this time in Ontario, as well as when he lived in Quebec, Iain volunteered with many non-profit groups, including Matthew House and the Ottawa Furniture Bank and Refugee Shelter.

Rankin returned to Nova Scotia in 2011, and shortly after embarked on a career in politics.


Rankin holds a golf club management diploma from Holland College and a BBA from Mount Saint Vincent University. Rankin completed a master of arts in international politics organized by the Centre Européen Recherches Internationales Stratégiques (CERIS) in partnership with the College d'Etudes Interdisciplinaires of the Université Paris.[2]

Political career

Rankin first sought election in 2013 and was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. While in government he is the chair of the Liberal caucus.[3] He is vice-chair of the public accounts committee, and a member of the assembly matters and private and local bills committees. He is also a member of the House of Assembly Management Commission. In 2014, Rankin was elected president of the provincial section of the francophone parliamentarian association, when the membership broke from tradition by not electing a member of the opposition party.[4]

On June 15, 2017, Rankin was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Environment.[5] On July 5, 2018, Rankin was moved to Minister of Lands and Forestry in a cabinet shuffle.[6]

Noteworthy actions while Minister of Environment

Bills introduced

Assembly Act Title Date
Assembly 63, Session 1 Environment Act (amended) September 29, 2017
Assembly 62, Session 3 Halifax Rifles Armoury Association (repealed) November 10, 2016
Assembly 62, Session 2 176 Otter Lake Landfill Act * May 20, 2016

Electoral record

2017 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Iain Rankin 4,272 49.90
Progressive Conservative Tim Kohoot 2,030 23.71
New Democratic Linda Moxsom-Skinner 1,804 21.07
Green Kai Trappenberg 337 3.94
Atlantica Matt Mansfield 118 1.38
Total valid votes 8,561 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 37 0.43
Turnout 8,598 53.87
Eligible voters 15,962
2013 Nova Scotia general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Iain Rankin 4,471 51.93 +33.78
     New Democratic Party Linda Moxsom-Skinner 2,230 25.90 -44.31
     Progressive Conservative Dr. Bruce Pretty 1,608 18.86 +10.17
Green Thomas Trappenberg 300 3.50 +0.55


Rankin, a rescue dog owner, support the Nova Scotia government's plan to make tying pets up for longer than 12 hours illegal.[11] In 2014 with the support of local residents, Rankin participated in a campaign with lawn signs target speeders with message to slow down.[12] Through a private member’s bill and was passed by the legislature, Rankin submitted Bill 176 which will restrict Otter Lake Waste Facility to its current height and size.[13][14][15]


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia votes: Riding-by-riding results for Halifax region". Metro. October 8, 2013. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  2. ^ "Meet Iain". 17 December 2015.
  3. ^ "McNeil announces summer shuffle for Nova Scotia cabinet". The Vanguard. July 24, 2015. Archived from the original on July 18, 2018. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  4. ^ "No love lost as Rankin named to head francophone association". The Chronicle Herald. January 26, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  5. ^ "Stephen McNeil shuffles cabinet, but vows not to change course". CBC News. June 15, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  6. ^ "Premier shuffles cabinet, puts emphasis on mining sector". CBC News. July 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  7. ^ Scotia, Communications Nova (2018-05-11). "Government to Hire Environment Prosecutor". News Releases. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  8. ^ "Nova Scotia launches cleanup process for Boat Harbour wastewater lagoons - Halifax | Globalnews.ca". globalnews.ca. 2018-04-27. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  9. ^ "Nova Scotia joins Western Climate Initiative for tech support for emissions plan - Halifax | Globalnews.ca". globalnews.ca. 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  10. ^ Jun 12, CBC News · Posted; June 12, 2018 4:36 PM AT | Last Updated. "'Unprecedented' assessment commissioned for contaminated Harrietsfield site | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  11. ^ "Hundreds gather in N.S. to celebrate provinces intention to ban dog-tethering". CTV News. February 1, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  12. ^ "Halifax lawn signs target speeders with message to slow down". CBC News. October 28, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  13. ^ "Otter Lake landfill bill causes commotion". The Chronicle Herald. May 20, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  14. ^ "Dirty debate: Halifax city council concerned about Otter Lake landfill". Metro. Halifax. May 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  15. ^ "City council flips its municipal lid over new Otter Lake legislation". The Coast. May 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-23.