|Address||151 Provost St., Suite 102 |
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia , Canada
|| April 08, 1938
Apr 08, 2006 12:12pm
Caucasian - Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti-Labor - Health Care Reform - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Smaller Government - Married -
|Info||Dr. John Frederick Hamm |
Dr. John Hamm, MLA, MD is a Canadian physician and politician and was the 31st premier of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Hamm, a graduate of the University of King's College and Dalhousie University, was a family doctor in his hometown of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and the president of the Nova Scotia Medical Society. He entered politics in 1993, becoming the Member of the House of Assembly for the riding of Pictou Centre.
Hamm became leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia in 1995. His party won 14 seats in the 1998 provincial election and held the balance of power in a minority government where both the Liberal Party and the New Democratic Party had nineteen seats. His party defeated the government on a budget vote on June 17, 1999, in the subsequent election on July 27, 1999, Hamm became the new Premier, winning 30 of the 52 seats in the provincial legislature.
After taking office, Hamm sold or closed government-owned industries such as Sydney Steel. He invested more in education and health care, and implemented some tax cuts.
In 2001 Hamm was at odds with the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union, trying to legislate nurses back to work after a long and bitter strike.
In the 2003 election Hamm's Progressive Conservatives were reduced to a minority government. The main issue in that election was the increasing cost of car insurance and whether Nova Scotia should begin to allow general Sunday shopping. Due to the minority government Hamm's government had to compromise on the automobile insurance issue, and put the Sunday shopping issue to a province-wide plebiscite. Hamm is opposed to Sunday shopping and a public auto insurance system.
On September 29, 2005 Hamm shocked Nova Scotia by announcing his intention to retire as Premier and PC Leader. He had been expected to call an election in fall of 2005, but he rejected that idea earlier in September amid public outcry over soaring gas prices and polls showing the ruling Tories slipping in popularity. In the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative leadership election, 2006, Rodney MacDonald was elected his successor.