Move is effective Nov. 23
Darrell Dexter is stepping down as leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.
HALIFAX - Darrell Dexter is stepping down as leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party, effective Nov. 23. Dexter submitted his letter of resignation at an NDP Provincial Executive meeting in Halifax today, Nov. 16.
"It has been a privilege to serve New Democrats across Nova Scotia over the past 12 years," Dexter said. "I want to thank the membership for their support and dedication throughout my time as leader. I can think of no other honour that I would hold so dear.
"I also want to thank the Nova Scotians who believed in the NDP and gave us the opportunity to govern for the first time in the province's history. It has been an experience that I will carry with me always."
Dexter led the NDP to its first victory in 2009. Support for the NDP crumbled throughout its first term and in October's election the NDP came third and Dexter lost his own seat.
Maureen MacDonald, NDP MLA for Halifax Needham, is expected to be nominated as acting leader at an NDP Provincial Council meeting on Nov. 23 in Halifax.
A process to elect the new permanent leader of the party will be announced at a future date.