Darrell Dexter resigns as leader of Nova Scotia NDP

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HALIFAX — Darrell Dexter is stepping down as leader of Nova Scotia’s New Democratic Party.

Premier Darrell Dexter addresses supporters after being defeated in the Nova Scotia provincial election in Halifax on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Voters in Nova Scotia dumped the NDP after giving Dexter an historic election victory four years prior, turning instead to Liberal Stephen McNeil, who swept to power on promises to bring soaring electricity rates under control while putting an end to corporate handouts.

Dexter submitted his letter of resignation today at the party’s provincial executive meeting in Halifax.

NDP politician Maureen MacDonald will be nominated as acting leader at an NDP provincial council meeting on Nov. 23 in Halifax.

The NDP were knocked from power to third-party status in last month’s provincial election, winning seven of the legislature’s 51 seats.

Dexter also lost his own Halifax-area seat of Cole Harbour-Portland Valley.

He won the party leadership in 2001.

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  • Slumberjack
    November 27, 2013 - 05:46

    Conservatives and Liberals are still upset at Dexter because he he upstaged them by governing as a neo-liberal, in the finest traditions of the other two neo-liberal parties, the PCs and the Liberals proper - which is to say, by slashing public services and forking over the tax money to giant corporations. These are policies the Conservatives and Liberals support wholeheartedly when they're doing it. At bottom, the other two neo-liberal parties envied Dexter because he was effective at stealing the corporate thunder from their playbooks.

  • canadianlady
    November 16, 2013 - 16:01

    I will be sorry to see him go. I believe he did his up most best to try and help the province. I realize he made mistakes too but when all is said and done He DONE WELL. THANK YOU MR. DEXTER

    • Mary Poppins
      November 16, 2013 - 16:39

      You're the reason the women didn't get the vote - brutal - $14 billion in debt and 400,000 taxpayers - wake up!

    • Henry
      November 16, 2013 - 17:18

      I am sorry but to say he did his best is nonsense. He was lethargic on his best of days coasting through every stage of his political life. He was known to campaign lazily in the same manner in which he governed, seldom doing more than two campaign appearances a day. This is likely why he did the $300 million givaway to the Irvings while he slashed benefits to the poor. Just too lazy to ask - Why?

  • Dave from Barrie
    November 16, 2013 - 15:13

    The Nova Scotia experiment with the NDP is over and it ended the same way the Ontario experiment ended in the early 2000's with Bob Rae and the NDP....People will remember the utter incompetence for decades to come.Bottom line the NDP can not manage the finances of any Province now how do people think that Tom Mulclair and the NDP can run the country...Its not going to happen...

  • HORSEFACE
    November 16, 2013 - 12:59

    $300 million to the Irvings for nothing. The elites have lost their best tool ever; a shill for the rich posing as the common man.

  • fred
    November 16, 2013 - 12:24

    What a way to go from winner to last pole .This is what you get when you lie from the start and try to fool the people

    • Just saying
      November 18, 2013 - 02:10

      I wonder when he will announce his elite position created for him at Emera/ NSP.... after all he was in their back pocket.