Inverness, Nova Scotia , Canada
|| January 02, 1972
Dec 26, 2006 04:10pm
|Info||Rodney Joseph MacDonald |
Hon. Rodney MacDonald, MLA is an educator and politician and the current Premier of Nova Scotia, Canada.
MacDonald is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education while continuing to build a career as a professional musician. MacDonald has taught for the Strait Regional School Board, the Mi'kmawey school at Chapel Island, and pursued a Masters in Education.
In 1994, he married Lori-Ann Gillis, they have one son, Ryan, 8. They separated in the summer of 2006. Charges of infidelity - which he has not denied - were said to be the cause of their separation.
MacDonald is an accomplished musician and has toured his fiddle music throughout Atlantic Canada, Central Canada and the northeastern United States. He is also an accomplished step dancer; he began dancing at age four after learning the skill from his parents. MacDonald's first public performance was reportedly at age eight at the Mayflower Shopping Mall in Sydney and he began taking fiddle lessons from his uncle, Kinnon Beaton, at age 12. MacDonald has recorded two albums - Dancer's Delight (1996) and Traditionally Rockin' (1997, with his cousin Glenn Graham) and he was also included on the 2004 Smithsonian release The Beaton Family of Mabou: Cape Breton Fiddle and Piano Music. In 1998 he received two nominations for the East Coast Music Awards. He was also vice-president of GlennRod Music Incorporated.
MacDonald has served in the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia since the 1999 provincial election, representing the riding of Inverness in western Cape Breton Island. He was re-elected in 2003 and has served in cabinet with various portfolios as Minister of Tourism, Culture & Heritage, Minister of Health Promotion and Minister of Immigration, he has also been responsible for the Heritage Property Act and was formerly responsible for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and the Nova Scotia Youth Secretariat.
Following Premier John Hamm's fall 2005 announcement of his intention to retire, MacDonald committed to running for the leadership of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party. The leadership race culminated in MacDonald winning the party's leadership convention on a second ballot on February 11, 2006. He was sworn in as Premier of Nova Scotia on February 24, taking over the leadership from outgoing Premier John Hamm. MacDonald is the second youngest premier in Nova Scotia's history, and is currently the youngest premier in Canada. MacDonald's Progressive Conservatives did win a minority government on June 13, 2006, on the election held that day.